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ella® FAQs

Got a question about ella®? Wondering how the morning after pill really works? Heard something worrying about side effects and want to get an answer you can trust? You’re in the right place.

Some people can find the experience of taking emergency contraception nerve-wracking, and often that’s because they don’t have all of the facts. A lot of people were never taught about the morning after pill, meaning that there are lots of harmful myths and misunderstandings out there that can stop people from accessing emergency contraception.

At ella®, we believe that by educating people about this type of contraception we can overcome the stigma and fear associated with it. That’s why we’ve put together a set of no-nonsense answers to your most frequently asked questions about ella®.

What is ella®?
How does ella® work?
Do I need to continue taking my contraceptive pill after taking ella®?
Can I start taking the contraceptive pill as a new method of contraception after taking ella®?
Can ella® delay your period?
Can ella® mess up your cycle?
Does ella® make you bleed?
Do I need a prescription to get ella®
Is ella® an abortion pill?
What if I am already pregnant and use ella®?
Will ella® affect my chances of becoming pregnant in the future?
How will I know that ella® has worked properly?

Can you take ella® twice in one cycle?

Repeated use of ella® within the same menstrual cycle is not recommended, as safety and efficacy of repeat use within the same cycle has not been evaluated. If you find yourself in this situation, you should discuss what’s happened with your pharmacist or health care provider who will be able to advise you.

Taking ella® can only prevent pregnancy for a single incident of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. It will not continue to protect you, so if you have unprotected sex again in the same cycle after taking ella®, you may need to take another dose.

If you find yourself taking ella® multiple times in one cycle, you might want to discuss finding a regular contraceptive method that works for you with a healthcare professional. ella® is intended only for use in emergencies, not as an alternative to regular contraception. ella® can only protect against unplanned pregnancy, it won’t protect you against STIs.

What is the advantage of taking ella®?
What happens after taking ella®?