We stock ellaOne and Levonelle (Levonorgestrel) and while both are morning-after pills, there are a few key differences that are worth considering before you make your choice.
ellaOne: use within 120 hours of having sex
Levonelle: use within 72 hours of having sex
With ellaOne, you have 5 days to take the pill - compared to 3 days with Levonelle - and it’s one of our most popular products because of this. Having more time on your side is an advantage and those extra few days could increase your chances of preventing an unwanted pregnancy.
Simply put, clinical studies have found that ellaOne is the most effective - 2.5x more than Levonelle when taken within 24 hours and can help prevent ovulation even when you are about to ovulate. This again comes back to timing and the larger ‘safety’ window the product offers.
Real talk though, both pills are designed to delay ovulation which means the morning-after pill will not be effective if you have already ovulated. It can often be difficult to track ovulation because your cycle can change month to month, so it’s always advised that you take your chosen pill as quickly as you can.
*Source: Terrence Higgins Trust
Firstly, there are no long-term side effects from taking the morning-after pill, so long as it’s used in the recommended way.
Some of the lucky few will also never experience short-term side effects. Everyone’s different, but if you do get them, side effects are never going to be pleasant. Get the facts and know what to expect.
Common side effects of ellaOne and Levonelle include; nausea, abdominal (stomach) pain or discomfort, vomiting, painful periods, pelvic pain, breast tenderness, headache, dizziness, mood swings, muscle pain and tiredness.
If you do vomit within 2 hours of taking Levonelle or 3 hours of taking ellaOne, you will need to take another dose as this will have lowered the effectiveness of your chosen pill.
Most people can take ellaOne or Levonelle, however there are few cases where it wouldn’t be advised to take a morning-after pill.
If you have any concerns, you should discuss them with your doctor or reach out to our clinical team at email@example.com.
Levonelle and ellaOne are thought to be less efficient in women who weigh more than 70kg or who have a BMI of more than 26. There is very little conclusive data on this point, but we would always advise you take emergency contraception to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
Although trace amounts may pass through your breast milk, Levonelle is safe to take while breastfeeding. It’s not yet known what the effects of ellaOne are, however if you choose this pill the manufacturer recommends that you do not breastfeed for one week after taking it.
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