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Prevent pregnancy with ellaOne morning-after pill

ellaOne is an emergency contraceptive pill that can prevent pregnancy for up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected intercourse.
ellaOne is able to prevent you from falling pregnant as it stops ovulation, but also changes the womb lining and stops sperm from being able to reach the womb.

  • Clinically proven to be 98% effective at preventing pregnancy
  • Effective if taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse
  • More effective at preventing pregnancy during the initial three day period
  • Contains ulipristal acetate 30mg
ellaOne FAQs

What are the benefits?

It helps to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 days after contraceptive failure or unprotected sex, two days longer than the standard ‘morning after pill' Levonelle. In clinical trials, the active ingredient in ellaOne, called ulipristal acetate, was proven to be more effective during the first 3 days with fewer women becoming pregnant than the alternative emergency contraceptive pill Levonelle.

Research has also revealed that prescription ulipristal acetate has stopped more pregnancies than various others over the counter methods of emergency contraception. It has a success ratio of stopping pregnancy more than any other alternative emergency contraceptive tablet.

How does it work?

During a woman's monthly cycle, the ovaries release an egg. The body then releases progesterone to let the ovaries know that they should not produce another egg. ellaOne's active ingredient alters the progesterone levels in body and this delays an egg from being released for fertilisation.

The active ingredient is also believed to modify the lining of the womb, preventing it from being prepared for a fertilised egg. Therefore, if an egg is released from the ovaries and is fertilised, it will not implant into the womb and consequently pregnancy is prevented.

The entire process from fertilisation to implantation inside the womb can take up to 5 days, so this treatment can only prevent pregnancy from taking place for up to 120 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse. The sooner it is taken after unprotected sex, the more efficient it will be.

It is estimated that for every one hundred patients who take this treatment up to 5 days after unprotected sexual intercourse, approximately 2 women will become pregnant. This pill is more effectual at stopping pregnancy the earlier it is taken, so it is vital to take it as soon as possible after unprotected sexual intercourse, rather than postpone it to the fifth day.

Who can buy ellaOne online?

Women over the age of 18 who have experienced contraceptive failure or who have had unprotected sex can take this medication. You should not use it if you are already pregnant. It should only be used in an emergency and can't be used as a replacement for your regular contraceptive.

It is safe to take these contraceptive pills if you are breastfeeding, but it is advisable to wait 36 hours after taking this medication before you do so. Please inform your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare provider if you are taking or have recently taken any other medications, including treatments obtained without a prescription.

Who shouldn't take it?

The ellaOne emergency contraceptive pills may be less effective when you use them alongside treatments for HIV, bacterial infections and herbal remedies such as St John's Wort. It is advisable to mention any medications or herbal treatments you may be using during your consultation.

This treatment should not be taken by women who are pregnant or think they may be. If you believe you could be pregnant, if your period is late, or if your last period was more than 5 days late or uncommonly light or heavy, you should inform your doctor immediately as you may already be pregnant. Taking this treatment if you are already pregnant will not prevent the pregnancy.

Currently, it is not known if this treatment passes into breast milk. After taking one of these pills, it is advised that women who are breastfeeding should not breastfeed for 36 hours. Before taking this pill, you should not breastfeed your baby. You can then use a breast pump to extract the milk and remove it. Breastfeeding can then be resumed after 36 hours.

Furthermore, this medication should not be consumed with emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel (Levonelle one step or Levonelle 1500). It will not have a combined effect with these; in fact EllaOne is expected to make Levonelle less effectual.

How do I take it?

An ellaOne ulipristal acetate tablet should be taken with a glass of water within five days or 120 hours after your regular contraception has failed or you have had unprotected sex. This medication can be taken with or without food. If you vomit within 3 hours after taking a pill, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. This medication can only be taken once during your menstrual cycle. After taking ellaOne, you should continue to use your regular contraception alongside a barrier contraceptive until your next period, to safeguard against pregnancy.

Will ellaOne cause side effects?

Side effects with this medication are very rare but a few have been reported by users. More common side effects include nausea and fatigue. Less common side effects include irregular bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting, headache, lower abdominal pain, dizziness and a delayed period. Side effects are usually very mild in nature and last only for a short period of time. If they persist, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

How can I buy ellaOne online?

You can buy this treatment online after completing an online consultation with euroClinix. The consultation is strictly confidential which will require you to answer some basic medical details so that our doctor can assess your suitability to use it. The process is quick and your medication will be delivered to you with free next-day delivery, as soon as your consultation is reviewed and approved by one of our doctors.

Dr Stamatios Poupalos

"Morning-after pills can be used to prevent pregnancy in the event of an emergency or where your normal contraceptive method fails, and you are left at risk of falling pregnant."

Genuine medication

Here at euroClinix, your safety is our priority. That is why we only supply genuine treatments dispensed by registered UK pharmacies.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)HRA Pharma ellaOne
  • Genuine medication
  • Prescribed by a registered doctor
  • Dispatched from a licensed UK pharmacy
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Medication ellaOne Levonelle
ellaOne Levonelle
Manufacturer HRAPharma Bayer
Treatment image ellaOne 30mg Levonelle 1500
Priced from £49.95 £39.95
Efficacy 98% 95%
Effective for 120 hours 72 hours
Ingredients Ulipristal acetate (30mg) Levonogestrel (1.5mg)
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