Morning After Pill

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  • ellaOne


Morning After Pill
  • Medication features

    From time to time, it may be necessary for a woman to consider the use of emergency contraception. Ella One is a high dosage hormonal tablet that can effectively prevent pregnancy up to 120 hours after sexual intercourse. Please note that effectiveness increases when this tablet is taken sooner rather than closer to the 72-hour cut-off. If you need treatment for up to 72 hours post sexual intercourse, please visit our page for Levonorgestrel or Levonelle One Step.

    • Effective up to 120 hours
    • Method of emergency contraception
    • Simple once only dosage


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

The morning-after pill is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It helps to delay or prevent the release of an egg from the ovary, to prevent fertilisation.

It is taken as a single dose; one can be taken up to 72 hours, and one up to 96 hours after unprotected sex. A member of the team will ask you when this occurred, and your weight, to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment.


  • What if I am sick after taking the morning after pill?

    If you vomit within three hours of taking the morning-after pill, it will not have been effective, and you will need to take another dose.

  • Which morning after pill is better for me?

    The type of emergency contraceptive given is based on multiple factors. Once we have reviewed your online consultation we will advise on the best EHC for your needs.

  • Will the morning after pill affect my fertility?

    No, both types of oral emergency contraceptives will not affect your fertility.

  • Can I still have sex after using the morning after pill?

    Resuming normal sexual activity is fine after using emergency contraceptives; however, you should consider using other methods of protection to prevent pregnancy.

  • Will the morning after pill get rid of STIs?

    Emergency contraceptives do not protect against STIs – you should use a home test kit or visit a GUM clinic to get tested for STIs if you have had unprotected sex with a new partner.

Side Effects

There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking oral contraceptives.

Common side effects include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Delayed period


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet