EllaOne is an emergency contraception pill that is more commonly known as day after pill. It is called as such because it is usually taken the day after an unprotected sex when you might have a pregnancy scare.
EllaOne can be used if you have doubts regarding the contraceptive you are currently using, such as a forgotten contraceptive pill or a tear in the condom. ElllaOne should be taken as soon as possible to prevent the unwanted pregnancy. If taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, the effectiveness of a day after pill is as high as 95%. The pill can be taken up to 120 hours but the effectivity of the pill may decrease.
EllaOne contains the active ingredient Ulipristal Acetate with other ingredients such as povidone K30, crosscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate and lactose monohydrate. The usual mechanism of action of day after pill is that they alter the lining of the womb preventing the fertilized egg cell from implanting and thus preventing the pregnancy. According to studies the treatment or use of EllaOne is highly effective especially if taken within 24 hours. But there is still a small chance you can get pregnant. If you think that the treatment did not work, consult your doctor immediately.
The advantage of EllaOne compared to other day after pills is that EllaOne can help you prevent pregnancy for up to 120 hours after the unprotected sex. Other day after pills are usually effective for only up to 72 hours. The disadvantage of EllaOne is that it is slightly less effective compared the ordinary contraceptive pills.
There are also possible side effects that can be caused by EllaOne. The common side effects include vomiting and nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, period pains, headaches and dizziness. Uncommon side effects that has a slim chance of occurring to you include diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, urinary tract infection, acne, migraine, abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal inflammation, genital itching, acid reflux, dehydration, nose bleeds, joint pain and hives.