What is Ella One?
Is an emergency contraceptive pill that prevents unwanted pregnancy. It contains ulipristal acetate, which is a type of progesterone receptor that interferes with the activity of progesterone in the female reproductive system. It is called emergency contraceptive because it is used after having unprotected intercourse or when there has been a known contraceptive method failure. They are also known as the morning after pill and are not to be confused with abortion pills.
What other substances does Ella One contain?
- Lactose monohydrate
- Povidone K30
- Magnesium stearate
- Croscarmellose sodium
How does EllaOne work?
EllaOne is a type of emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after you have had unprotected sexual intercourse or in case where other contraceptive methods have failed. EllaOne is a type of progesterone receptor that interferes with the activity of progesterone in the female reproductive system.
Progesterone in the body regulates the inner lining of the uterus so that when an egg has been fertilized it will prepare the uterus for a pregnancy. It is produced 14 days after ovulation and will decrease if there is no pregnancy. Therefore, EllaOne binds itself to these receptors avoiding ovulation or delaying it so no pregnancy an occur. If an egg has already been released, EllaOne will act on the thickness of the lining on the womb preventing the egg to attach itself unto the womb.
How effective is EllaOne?
Compared to other emergency contraceptive pills, EllaOne is 98% effective if taken correctly. It can prevent unwanted pregnancies if it is taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex (up to 5 days). The sooner it is taken after the intercourse, the more effective it will be. Therefore, it is recommended to be taken within 12 hours of sexual activity, rather than delaying the ingestion of the pill.
Who should consider other alternatives over EllaOne?
Women who have certain conditions or take certain medications should avoid or be under control by a doctor if they need to take EllaOne.
- Severe uncontrolled asthma
- Pregnant women: This medication can harm unborn babies and may cause malformations.
- Hereditary diseases with lactose metabolism
- Allergy to components of EllaOne
- Women who take liver enzyme inducing medication: It affects the efficiency of the pill and will not work properly.
- History of ectopic pregnancies: recent studies have shown that one of the most important adverse effect of EllaOne is ectopic pregnancy with an increase of over 50%.
If you suffer from these conditions it is advisable for you to consider other options and consulting with a GP before taking this medication. Always remember to inform your doctor of all health issues and doubts you have before taking any new medication.
Are there medicines that have interactions with EllaOne?
There are certain medications that have interactions with EllaOne. Be sure to tell your GP every medication you take, before starting to take EllaOne. Certain medications make the efficacy of the emergency pill diminish, therefore if you are taking any of these medications be sure to consult your GP about it.
- St. John’s Wort herbal remedy
What are the advantages of taking EllaOne?
- Effectiveness: It is up to 98% effective when taken correctly. Up to 5 days or 120 hours after having unprtected sex.
- One pill: One dosage is enough to work correctly without need of repeating dosages afterwards.
What are the disadvantages of taking EllaOne?
Just like other medications, EllaOne has disadvantages.
- Effectiveness: After120 hours it is no longer considered effective.
- It does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, herpes, genital warts, HIV or gonorrhea.
- Irregular bleeding and spotting is observed while taking EllaOne.
- It can produce unwanted side effects such as headaches or migraines, mood swings.
- It can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies.
- It has interactions with other medicines.
- May produce health problems in unborn babies when taken while pregnant.
Before deciding to take EllaOne, it is important you visit a doctor to have gynecological exams and check-ups made. Afterwards, consider which contraceptive method best suits you to continue using it.
What special precautions should you take if you suffered from vomiting?
If you suffer from vomiting within three hours after taking EllaOne, it is recommended you take another pill immediately, since it may have not been absorbed correctly in your bloodstream.
What should you do if you are already using another contraceptive method?
If you are using another contraceptive method such as the pill and forgot to take a dosage, you can read the instructions of your contraceptive method in case that happens. If it has been more than one dosage, you can still use EllaOne and continue your contraceptive method every day as instructed.
How will your next period be like, after taking EllaOne?
After taking EllaOne, your period will be normal and may start a few days earlier of later. If your period does not start and you thing that you might be pregnant, be sure to take a pregnancy test and consult your doctor immediately.
What other precautions should you take after taking EllaOne?
If you think you are already pregnant, this medication will not work. It is advised you seek professional help if your menstrual period has not begun days after taking EllaOne. EllaOne does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases, therefore if you are worried you may have contracted one, seek professional help.
Does EllaOne affect fertility?
EllaOne does not have an effect on your future fertility. Once you have unprotected sex again, you may get pregnant, therefore contraceptive methods should be continued once EllaOne was taken the previous time.
How should EllaOne be taken?
In order for EllaOne to be most effective, it should be taken within 12 hours of having unprotected sex and no later than 120 hours (5 days) after having sexual intercourse. It can be taken at any time during your menstrual cycle and won’t have any interactions if you are currently taking another contraceptive pill.
The pill (one) should be taken with water and should not be chewed, rather swallowed. The pill will not protect you if you have another unprotected sexual intercourse after having taken this medication. Therefore, other contraceptive methods are recommended.
How often can you take EllaOne?
EllaOne is an emergency contraceptive pill, as stated, should only be used as emergencies and not as a contraceptive planning method. Therefore, it is advised you use other contraceptive methods such as barriers, (condoms), IUD, or hormonal pills to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Is there a risk of overdose after taking EllaOne?
There are no reports of harmful effects from taking too many pills at the same time. Thus, symptoms that may present are slight vaginal bleeding, vomiting and nausea. If you have taken too many tablets and need more information, seek for medical advice on the matter.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- nausea, abdominal (stomach) pain or discomfort, vomiting
- painful periods, pelvic pain, breast tenderness
- headache, dizziness, mood swings
- muscle pain, back pain, tiredness
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- diarrhoea, heartburn, wind, dry mouth
- unusual or irregular vaginal bleeding, heavy/prolonged periods premenstrual syndrome, vaginal irritation or discharge, lesser or greater sex drive
- hot flushes
- appetite changes, emotional disorders, anxiety, agitation, trouble sleeping, sleepiness, migraine visual disturbances
- acne, skin lesions, itching
- fever, chills, malaise
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