Taking ellaOne can delay your period because the pill effectively delays ovulation, which can alter your natural menstrual cycle. This can make period earlier, later, lighter, heavier or more painful than usual. No matter how you bleed after taking the pill, always take a pregnancy test 3 weeks later to check if it's worked. Any changes to your cycle are temporary, and should only affect your next period before returning to normal.
Does ellaOne work if you've already ovulated?
If you take ellaOne after you've ovulated, it is unlikely to work at preventing pregnancy. This is because fertilisation may have already occured. The copper coil is the most effective form of emergency contraception and can work to prevent pregnancy after ovulation has occurred. However there is a lot of delate about the effects of the morning after pill following ovulation - and ovulation itself can be difficult to predict and can vary each month. Therefore you can still take ellaOne even after ovulation although it may not be effective. Just remember to take a pregnancy test 3 weeks after taking it. Find out more about how the morning after pill works in our guide.
Does ellaOne cause weight gain?
There is no evidence that weight is affected by the morning after pill. However weight gain, or loss, could be impacted by a number of factors that may be related to hormones and the menstrual cycle, such as water retention. Take a look our guide to contraception and weight to find out more. The morning after pill is less likely to work for those with a BMI of 26 or above. A double dose of ellaOne can be used, but it is something that you should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist first.
How long does ellaOne stay in your system?
The ellaOne morning after pill can be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. The hormone it contains does not hang around in your body but instead triggers other hormonal changes in your body to delay ovulation. You should wait 5 days after taking ellaOne before starting (or restarting) ongoing hormonal contraception and use another method such as condoms during this time.
Can I use ellaOne whilst breastfeeding?
If you do use ellaOne, don't breastfeed your baby for 1 week after this, as we are unsure about the safety of breastfeeding with this type of morning after pill. To avoid potential mastitis (an infection of the breast) if you do suddenly stop breastfeeding, you are advised to express your milk to keep comfortable for one week. After 1 week, it is considered safe to breastfeed again after ellaOne has passed out of your body and breastmilk. You can take the Levonorgestrel morning after pill if you are breastfeeding with no issues. Under certain circumstances, breastfeeding can actually be used as a method of contraception, , but you will need to follow specific guidelines for this to be effective.
Can I order ellaOne online?
Yes you can! You can order both the Levonorgestrel and ellaOne morning after pills directly from The Lowdown's online pharmacy. Select next day delivery if you have had unprotected sex and need it ASAP, or simply order one as a backup for the future.
How the ellaOne pill works:
ellaOne is a form of emergency contraception - a small tablet that contains hormones that delay or stop your ovaries releasing an egg. It is only effective if it's taken BEFORE you've ovulated, as sperm can stay alive in the female genital tract for about 5 days after sex. If ovulation occurs within those 5 days, fertilisation could take place and you are at risk of pregnancy. If you're past ovulation in your cycle, be sure to take a pregnancy test 3 weeks after.
How to use the ellaOne pill:
The morning after pill is not used as a regular form of contraception and should only be taken after unprotected sex or if your usual contraceptive method has failed, for example, if a condom breaks or you forget to take your pill. You need to take ellaOne within 5 days of unprotected sex - the sooner you take it, the more effective it will be. You can start ongoing contraception 5 days after taking this. If you need to, you can take ellaOne more than once in a menstrual cycle.
How safe is the ellaOne pill:
ellaOne is very safe to take and there are no serious or long term side effects from taking it. However, if you have severe asthma you can't take ellaOne. It's important to remember that it does not protect you from STIs. While there are no safety issues with taking the morning after pill, healthcare providers recommend that you don’t take the morning after pill too often. This is because there are other contraceptive choices available that are far more effective and easier to manage. If you find yourself using emergency contraception often, it may be that your current method of contraception is not suited to your or your lifestyle habits. Check out our contraception recommender to find one that may work better for you.