Ulipristal acetate may change when the next period comes. If your period is delayed beyond 1 week, you should be checked for pregnancy. Do not use ella if you are breastfeeding. Do not use ella more than once in a menstrual cycle.

Always have some emergency contraception around in case condoms break. It happens to everyone – even MDs, even people who educate other people on how to use condoms… Better safe than sorry.

Key information for AFTER you take ella® (ulipristal acetate)

  1. If you are planning to use hormonal birth control,  wait 5 days after you take ella before you re-start your hormonal birth control. Otherwise the hormonal birth control will BLOCK ella from working and you may get pregnant. If you choose to have sex during those 5 days, use a condom as your birth control.
  2. ella may change when the next period comes. If your period is delayed beyond 1 week, you should be checked for pregnancy.
  3. Do not use ella if you are breastfeeding.
  4. Do not use ella more than once in a menstrual cycle. If you need EC again during that cycle, use the copper IUD or levonorgestrel (aka Plan B or its generics)
  5. ella® does not protect against sexually transmitted infection(s) e.g. HIV.