Woman lying down in bed with tablet
Woman lying down in bed with tablet
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?

What is the advantage of taking ella®?

The active ingredient in ella® is ulipristal acetate, whereas other morning after pills contain an active ingredient called levonorgestrel. Ulipristal acetate has been shown to be highly effective and the agent of choice for many women.

ella® gives you a longer window to access emergency contraception, but both medicines are more effective the sooner you take them. ella® can still be effective for up to 120 hours (5 days) afterwards whereas levonorgestrel can be effective emergency contraception for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

If ella® is taken as directed, it will reduce the chances of your becoming pregnant. However, ella® is not effective in every case. ella® is only to be used for a single episode of unprotected intercourse. Be sure to use a barrier method until your next period. Wait 5 days after using ella® to start/resume use of hormonal birth control methods. ella® and other emergency contraceptives may be less effective in women with a body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m2

What happens after taking ella®?