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Ella Emergency Contraceptive

Ella Emergency Contraceptive

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FREE with insurance, $45/Pack without

FREE with insurance, $45/Pack without

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Online prescription (skip the Dr. office visit and pharmacy lines)

Online prescription (skip the Dr. office visit and pharmacy lines)

What is Ella Emergency Contraceptive?

Ella is an emergency contraceptive, sometimes referred to as a morning-after pill, that works by stopping or preventing the release of an egg to be fertilized by a sperm in order to prevent pregnancy. Read More

How to Use Ella

Simply take 1 pill as soon as possible within 5 days (120 hours). Although Ella works up to 5 days after having unprotected sex, it is recommended that you take the pill ASAP because most emergency contraceptive pills do not work as well to prevent pregnancy after ovulation occurs (this is when the egg comes out). The sooner you take Ella, the better it will work.

Note: stop using any hormonal birth control methods 5 days after taking Ella, and instead use a reliable barrier method (condoms, diaphragms) if you do engage in sex during that window. Progesterone, found in hormonal contraception, blocks the efficacy of Ella.

Ella Dosage

Ella has 30 mg of ulipristal acetate. This is a synthetic progesterone hormone.

Ella Side Effects

Some side effects reported by women who used Ella are: nausea, lower abdominal cramps, tiredness, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, vomiting, and a period that is early, late, lighter or heavier.

Some women may experience changes in their menstrual cycle after taking Ella. If your period is more than one week late, we recommend you to take a pregnancy test and follow up with your primary care provider since it’s possible you might be pregnant.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE TO GET ELLA?

To get Ella you need a prescription. You can call your Doctor’s office and request to have a prescription for it sent to your local pharmacy. If you are in the states of AZ, CA, CO, GA, WA, FL, MI, NV, NY, TX, WY, IL, TN, or PA Pandia Health expert doctors are happy to help you get a prescription online and send it to a local pharmacy of your choice so you can pick up the medication asap. 

HOW EFFECTIVE IS ELLA?

Ella and its generics are about 85% effective at preventing pregnancies. That means around 7 out of 8 people who take it as directed will not become pregnant. Taking it after 120 hours of unprotected sex also lowers its effectiveness.

HOW MUCH IS ELLA?

Ella price is about $45 if you are paying out of pocket. In most cases, Ella should be $0, no copay, no deductible depending on your health insurance provider.

HOW LONG DO YOU NEED TO TAKE ELLA?

Ella is a single pill that needs to be taken within 120 hours (5 days) of having unprotected sex. The sooner it is taken, the better the medication will work. Pandia Health recommends keeping extra Ella on you to ensure timely access in case of emergency.

WHEN TO TAKE ELLA?

You should take Ella or any of its generics every time you had unprotected sex,  the birth control method you were using failed, or you forgot to take birth control. Examples are: 

  • The condom broke during sex four days ago
  • You forgot the last three days of birth control pills in a row and had sex today
  • You went to the bathroom after sex, your birth control ring fell out into the toilet, and couldn’t get another for three days.
  • You just realized I forgot to get my Depo-Provera shot and had sex last night
  • You was forced to have unprotected sex 

HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU TAKE ELLA?

You can take Ella every time you have an oopsie. We don’t recommend using it on a regular basis since other birth control methods are more effective (IUD, Pill, Ring, Patch, Shot) and do not cause the side effects that Ella does (spotting, nausea, stomach pain). Using Ella can also change your menstrual cycle and if you use Ella often, that will make it harder to keep track of when you’ve missed your period. Ella should be used only for emergencies and not as a method of birth control.

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