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Taking ellaOne® is simple

ellaOne® is easy to take – it is one single tablet.1

You can take ellaOne® with some water as soon as possible and no later than 120 hours (5 days) after you have had unprotected sex.1

It’s fine to take it at any time of the day, either before, during or after a meal.1



1.ellaOne® Patient Information Leaflet.

Things to tell your pharmacist

Below are a list of medicines and health conditions to tell your pharmacist about before taking ellaOne®:1

  •  Liver disease. ellaOne® is not recommended for women with severe liver disease
  • Severe asthma
  • Certain medicines used to treat epilepsy (phenytoin, fosphenytoine, phenobarbital, primidone, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine)
  • Certain medicines used to treat HIV infection (ritonavir, efavirenz, nevirapine)
  • Certain medicines used to treat bacterial infections (for example rifampicin, rifabutin)
  • Herbal remedies containing St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) used for depression or anxiety
  • ellaOne® should not be used together with emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel
  • If your period is late or you have symptoms of pregnancy (heavy breast, morning sickness), as you may already be pregnant
  • A medicine used to treat fungal infections (griseofulvin)


1.ellaOne® Patient Information Leaflet.

What ellaOne® is not

NOT a regular contraceptive method1

You should not use ellaOne® as a regular method of contraception.1 The emergency contraceptive pill is a backup method for preventing pregnancy and should only be used occasionally.1

NOT a contraceptive for future intercourse1

If you have unprotected sex again after taking ellaOne®, it will not stop you from becoming pregnant . You should use a barrier method, such as condoms, every time you have sex until your next period. If you are currently taking the contraceptive pill, continue to use it as usual after taking ellaOne®. Be sure to also use condoms every time you have sex until your next period.

NOT used to cause abortion 2

ellaOne® works by delaying egg release.1 If you are pregnant it is too late for emergency contraception because it works to prevent the start of a pregnancy. So, you should not take ellaOne® if you are already pregnant.

ellaOne® does not affect your fertility3

If you want to have sex after using ellaOne®, use a barrier method of contraception until your next period.3 This is because your fertility can come back very quickly.


What is ellaOne®?

  • ellaOne® is a morning-after pill that can prevent a pregnancy after unprotected sex, or if your contraceptive method has failed 1
  • ellaOne® is effective when it matters most because it can prevent a pregnancy even when you are about to ovulate – which is when your risk of getting pregnant is greatest2,3,4
  • ellaOne® works by delaying egg release. So, by the time an egg is released (ovulation) the sperm inside you are no longer capable of making you pregnant3,5
  • Each tablet of ellaOne® contains 30 mg ulipristal acetate1
  • ellaOne® is easy to take  – it is one tablet to be taken as soon as possible1
  • ellaOne® should be taken as soon as possible, but no later than 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure1
  • ellaOne® is for women of reproductive age2
  • ellaOne® is suitable any time during your cycle2


1.ellaOne® Patient Information Leaflet.
2.ellaOne® Summary of Product Characteristics.
3.Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Guideline on Emergency contraception 2012. Available at Accessed June 2013.
4.Brache V et al. Contraception 2013; 88(5): 611-618.
5.Pallone S and Bergus G. J Am Board Fam Med 2009; 22: 147–157.