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.