Morning After Pill (Within 5 Days)

EllaOne (Ulipristal) 30mg tablet (Pack of 1)

Clinically effective at preventing pregnancy when taken within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sex


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How effective is EllaOne?

The sooner EllaOne is taken after unprotected sex, the better. It is considered to be 98% effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy.

Taking EllaOne 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex may not leave you as well-protected as you hoped.

A 2017 review estimated that 1% to 2% of women who take EllaOne after unprotected sex will become pregnant.

What is EllaOne?

EllaOne contains the active ingredient ulipristal at a dose of 30mg. EllaOne is a form of emergency contraception, commonly known as the Morning After Pill. EllaOne is taken by a woman after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. EllaOne should be taken as soon as, and no longer than 120 hours (5 days), after unprotected sex for it to be effective.

How does EllaOne work?

EllaOne works by delaying or preventing the release of the egg from the ovary so that fertilisation does not take place.


How do I take EllaOne?

Swallow one EllaOne tablet whole with water.

EllaOne should be taken as soon as, and no longer than 120 hours (5 days), after unprotected sex for it to be effective. The effectiveness of EllaOne to prevent pregnancy decreases over time.

If you vomit or have diarrhea within 3 hours of taking the tablet, it may not have been absorbed properly into your system and the effectiveness may be compromised. Seek urgent professional advice and obtain additional emergency contraception.

Having unprotected sex after taking EllaOne will not prevent pregnancy.

Can I get pregnant after taking EllaOne?

In a small number of cases, EllaOne is not effective and some women will become pregnant.

EllaOne is not a form of regular contraception. You can still get pregnant if you have unprotected sex after taking EllaOne.

How often can I take EllaOne?

You can take EllaOne more than once in a menstrual cycle. However, it should not be taken daily as a form of regular contraception.

See our page for our Contraceptive Mini Pill should you require regular contraception.

Potential Side Effects

Please read the enclosed Patient Information Leaflet carefully before use.Some common side effects (1 in 10 women) of EllaOne include nausea (feeling sick), headache, abdominal pain, tiredness, temporary irregular bleeding, dizziness, breast tenderness, mood swings.

Some people may also be allergic to the medication and come up with a skin rash, itching, swelling around the lips and face, difficulty breathing or swallowing. If this happens, stop the medication immediately and seek medical attention.

If you were to experience the following, contact your doctor immediately to rule out pregnancy:

  • Menstrual period delayed by more than 7 days
  • Abnormal bleeding occurring at the expected date of menstrual period
  • Symptoms such as lower abdominal pain, breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting