Ella is used to prevent pregnancy after having sex without using a condom or other effective birth control method. It is also used to prevent pregnancy after a regular form of birth control has failed. This medicine is not to be used as a regular form of daily, weekly, or monthly birth control.
It’s important to understand the treatment we recommend and the potential risks involved.
Medicine We Prescribe
Risk of Side Effects
Eella is not to be used as a regular form of daily, weekly, or monthly birth control.
ella can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are already pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
Before you take this medicine, tell your doctor if you have a history of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, or if your last menstrual period was less than 4 weeks ago. Also tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.
Call your doctor if your next menstrual period is more than 1 week late. You will need a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. Do not take a second course. Call your doctor at once if you have severe pain in your lower stomach (especially on only one side) 3 to 5 weeks after using this medicine.
Before You Take This Medication
You should not use ella if you have already confirmed that you are pregnant, or if you are allergic to ulipristal.
Do not use this medicine if you have not yet started having menstrual periods, or if you are past menopause.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy; or
if your last menstrual period was more than 4 weeks ago.
This medicine can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use emergency contraception if you are already pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
Ulipristal can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Alternative Treatment Options
Morning after pills can be used after sex to stop a pregnancy before it starts. Most brands and generic pills are available at stores without a prescription. The only brand that requires a prescription is Ella.
Common brands: Next Choice One Dose, My Way, Take Action, After Pill, EContra Ez, Aftera, ella, Plan B One-Step