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Is Europe’s most effective morning after pill right for you?

Is ellaOne® suitable for me?

ellaOne® is Europe’s most effective morning after pill but it may not be suitable for everyone.

Do not use ellaOne® if:

  •  You are allergic to ulipristal acetate or any of the other ingredients in ellaOne®. (Ingredients are listed in the pack leaflet – ask a pharmacist if you are unsure), you will need to let your pharmacist or doctor know so they can provide alternative emergency contraception.

ellaOne® is not an abortion pill and other answers

Regular contraception vs ellaOne®– the difference

ellaOne® is Europe’s most effective morning after pill.

It is:

NOT a regular contraceptive method

You should not use ellaOne® as a regular method of contraception. The emergency contraceptive pill is a backup method for preventing pregnancy and should only be used occasionally.

NOT a contraceptive for future intercourse

If you have unprotected sex again after taking ellaOne®, it will not stop you from becoming pregnant .  You should use a barrier method, such as condoms, every time you have sex until your next period. If you are currently taking the contraceptive pill, continue to use it as usual, starting the day after taking ellaOne®. Be sure to also use condoms every time you have sex until your next period.

NOT used to cause abortion

ellaOne® works by delaying egg release. If you are pregnant it is too late for emergency contraception because it works to prevent the start of a pregnancy. So, you should not take ellaOne® if you are already pregnant.

ellaOne® does not affect your fertility

If you want to have sex after using ellaOne®, use a barrier method of contraception until your next period. This is because your fertility can come back very quickly.


How the morning after pill ellaOne® stops you getting pregnant

How does ellaOne® work?

ellaOne® is Europe’s most effective morning after pill. It works by delaying the release of an egg from the ovary. Here’s how:


A case study on the success of the morning after pill ellaOne®

Nicole’s story about ellaOne®  

After my second baby our family was complete. On my 40th birthday my husband organised a surprise party. It was a great night. The next day I realised I’d forgotten to take a couple of my usual contraceptive pills that week and we’d had sex after the party.

I asked my sister what to do. She told me to get the morning-after pill from a pharmacist. After talking with the pharmacist, I chose to buy ellaOne®. While I was there I bought some condoms just in case.

Getting ellaOne® was very straightforward.

Read The success of ellaOne®. A case study on the morning after pill

The success of ellaOne®. A case study on the morning after pill


Roisin’s story about ellaOne®

I had just started college. I had been with Niall for a while. When his condom came off I was really worried that I’d get pregnant. I knew I wasn’t ready to have a baby.

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I had read about emergency contraception on the internet.

I thought it would be easier to go to a pharmacist than get an appointment with the doctor. When I went in I was nervous, but the pharmacist was really nice. There were a few questions, but the whole experience was friendly and discrete.


I went to a café and read the leaflet in the pack.

Then I took ellaOne® and went to my next lecture. It felt like a weight off my mind.

Read A case study on the success of the morning after pill ellaOne®

What to do if you are sick after taking ellaOne®

If you are sick after taking ellaOne®

If you are sick (vomit) within three hours of taking an ellaOne® tablet, go back to a pharmacist and get another ellaOne® tablet to take.

ellaOne® – what does the most effective morning after pill do?

What is ellaOne®?


  • ellaOne® is a morning after pill that can prevent a pregnancy after unprotected sex, or if your contraceptive method has failed
  • ellaOne® is the most effective morning after pill in Europe
  • ellaOne® is effective when it matters most because it can prevent a pregnancy even when you are about to ovulate – which is when your risk of getting pregnant is greatest
  • ellaOne® works by delaying ovulation (egg release). By the time an egg is released the sperm inside you are no longer capable of making you pregnant.
  • Each tablet of ellaOne® contains 30 mg ulipristal acetate
  • ellaOne® is easy to take – it is a single tablet to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex
  • ellaOne® should be taken as soon as possible, but no later than five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure
  • ellaOne® is suitable for women of reproductive age
  • ellaOne® can be taken any time during your cycle

How do I get pregnant? How does the process work?

How does pregnancy happen?

When a single sperm fuses with an egg it is called fertilisation. Pregnancy starts several days after fertilisation.

Pregnancy does not begin until the fertilised egg has implanted in the womb, after having travelled through the fallopian tube.

So, if you’ve just had unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, no pregnancy will start until at least the sixth day. This means you have time to take the morning after pill if pregnancy is not right for you at the moment.


Signs of pregnancy

  • Late period
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Being sick (vomiting)
  • Tiredness
  • Breast tenderness or soreness
  • Needing to pee (urinate) more often

If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test and/or visit your doctor. If you are pregnant it is too late for emergency contraception because it works to prevent an unintended pregnancy. It will not affect an existing pregnancy.



If the condom broke during sex, avoid pregnancy with ellaOne®

What to do after unprotected sex

Unprotected sex means you can get pregnant and have a baby. Have you had unprotected sex?

  • Did the condom slip off or break?
  • Did you forget to:
– Take your contraceptive pill?
– Insert your contraceptive ring?
– Apply your contraceptive patch?
  • Did your diaphragm or cap slip or did you forget to use it?
  • Did he forget to pull out in time?
  • Did you forget to use any contraception?
  • Were you forced to have sex without contraception?

If you have had unprotected sex you could become pregnant.

Taking the morning after pill

There is no safe time in your cycle when you can have unprotected sex and be certain not to get pregnant.

If now is not the right time for you to have a baby you can use emergency contraception if you act quickly. If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t take a chance.

The morning-after pill is available in pharmacies

This is often the quickest and most convenient way to get emergency contraception. There’s no need to feel embarrassed. Remember, pharmacy staff deal with all kinds of sensitive situations every day – it’s their job to make this experience as stress-free as they can for you.

You can also get emergency contraception from a doctor.

At what time during my menstrual cycle can I get pregnant?

When can I get pregnant?

In theory, during the average woman’s menstrual cycle there are six days when sex can result in pregnancy. This conception risk period, also called the ‘fertile window’ is the five days before egg release (ovulation), plus the day of egg release.


Are you at risk?

You are at risk of conception if you have unprotected sex in the five days before ovulation because sperm can live for about five days, and can be waiting in the fallopian tubes, ready to fertilise your egg. Unless fertilised, an egg only lives for 24 hours.

The highest risk of pregnancy is when ovulation happens shortly after unprotected sex.

Sperm viability declines in the days after sex. This means the risk of conception is highest when ovulation happens during the first three days following unprotected sex.

When am I most fertile? 

You have no way of knowing when your fertile window is – and it can be at a different time every month.


This means you are at risk of pregnancy almost throughout the whole of your menstrual cycle.

  • You might not ovulate on the same day of your cycle from one month to the other
  • Women with a regular cycle can be in their fertile window any time from day 6 to day 21
  • Women with an irregular cycle can be in their fertile window from day 8-28