Emergency contraceptive pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or infections.1
If you have had unprotected sex you might have caught a sexually transmitted infection. If this might be the case, talk to your doctor, or another healthcare professional, about getting tested.2 They can put your mind at rest, provide treatment and explain how you can avoid passing the infection on to other people whom you have sex with.
Emergency contraceptive pills work by inhibiting or delaying ovulation.1,2
They work to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex by quickly postposing ovulation, if it has not already happened. This means that the sperm waiting in the fallopian tubes will be unable to meet an egg and fertilise it. This is similar to regular contraceptive pills, which also work by preventing egg release.
Emergency contraceptive pills are not 100% effective.1 This is because there is a chance that you may have already ovulated when you take an emergency contraceptive pill. Taking emergency contraceptive pills as soon as possible after unprotected sex gives the best chance of success.3
The sooner you take emergency contraceptive pills, the better·
Emergency contraceptive pills are not 100% effective.1·
ellaOne® is the only morning after pill that is still effective when risk of pregnancy is highest1,4,5·
The sooner you take emergency contraception, the better the chance of successfully postponing ovulation and avoiding pregnancy.3
Emergency contraceptive pills will not protect you from pregnancy if you have further unprotected sex.3
If you want to have sex after using an emergency contraceptive pill, use a barrier method of contraception until your next period.
The intrauterine device (IUD) which is suitable for emergency contraception is a Copper-T IUD
Copper-T IUD is consideredthe most effective emergency contraceptive method and it provides an ongoing contraceptive solution.1 However in a situation where you need to act very quickly, IUD fitting takes time and involves an invasive and uncomfortable procedure.2
Copper-T IUD can be fitted up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex .3 However its use is restricted by its availability and the need to be inserted by a healthcare professional.2
Depending on the country, oral emergency contraception may be available directly from your pharmacist, without a prescription. The dose is one single tablet to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.4,7
ellaOne® is the most effective morning after pill and was specifically developed for emergency contraception5
Summary of the types of emergency contraception available in Europe
How quickly must I act?
How effective is it ?
How can I get it ?
ellaOne® (30mg ulipristal acetate)
As soon as possible, and within 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure7
Effective even when taken just before egg release7 when risk of pregnancy is highest
Pharmacy or doctor’s prescription
Levonorgestrel (0.75 mg & 1.5 mg)
As soon as possible, and within 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure9
Effective but doesn’t work when taken just before egg release9
Pharmacy or doctor’s prescription
Copper intrauterine device (IUD)
A small T-shaped device that is fitted inside your womb by a doctor10
As soon as possible, and within 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure9
Effective and has in addition the advantage of providing regular contraception as soon as it is in place1
If you are not sure which is right for you, ask a pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
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