Emergency contraception, also referred to as ‘the morning after pill’, is a hormonal pill used in birth control. It is applied when a primary contraceptive has failed or not been applied.
- Effective prevention method
- Taken after unprotected sex has occurred
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Emergency contraception is a birth control measure applied when a primary method has failed, or not been applied. This might occur when a barrier contraception, such as a condom, has ripped. Someone might also use it if they have not taken their regular contraceptive pill as scheduled after unprotected sex.
There are two main types of morning after or ‘plan B pill’. EllaOne contains an agent called ulipristal acetate and needs to be taken as soon as possible, and no later than 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse. It works by altering the way progesterone works in the body. This inhibits the performance of certain functions the body undertakes to prepare itself for pregnancy.
Levonelle and Upostelle are different versions of the same medicine. They are also designed to be taken as soon as sex without protection has occurred, but no later than 72 hours (3 days) afterwards. Both of which contain the hormone levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic version of progesterone. Again this prevents selected biological tasks which the body performs during the menstrual cycle, and significantly reduces the likelihood of pregnancy beginning.
In doing so, all three medications avert the normal course of ovulation. This blocks the release of an ovum (or egg), so fertilisation cannot take place. Another function they serve is to stop the lining along the uterine wall from building up, therefore making it less receptive to an egg following insemination. Cervical fluid is also made thicker by these treatments, and this makes it harder for sperm to break through and reach their target.
Please note that these products are not to be used after the indicated functional period, and they are not to be used as alternatives to abortion procedures (termination). If you think you may already be pregnant, do not use this treatment and speak to your doctor for advice.
You can buy the emergency pill online using our secure service. Once you have selected your product, you will be asked to complete our confidential medical questionnaire. It only takes a few minutes. The responses you supply will be checked by one of our qualified practitioners. They will assess whether the medication is safe for you, and if it is, draw up a prescription.
Approved orders are dispensed by our GPhC-registered pharmacy right away, and shipped to you by tracked courier. Our speedy service means that you can expect to receive your treatment within just 24 hours of consultation.
Types of Treatment
There are three different brands of morning after pill available from our trusted online pharmacy: EllaOne, Levonelle and Upostelle. They are all day after pill treatments, but their methods of action are slightly different.
How do they work?
While their effects are very similar, the medications contain different active ingredients which work in slightly different ways. EllaOne works by adjusting how progesterone acts in the body, and this helps to avert ovulation and keep the lining of the uterine wall thin; while Levonelle and Upostelle contain a synthetic hormone which replicates the action of progesterone, but achieves the same result.
What are the side effects?
These medications are not identical, but they do have a lot of side effects in common with each other. More common side effects associated with each include headaches, abdominal pain and feelings of nausea.
Can I take them with other medications?
It depends which other treatments you are using. If you are taking other medicines, then you should let your prescriber know, as these may affect how well a morning after pill works.
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What’s the difference between the medications?
Levonelle and Upostelle both contain the same active substance, whereas EllaOne is slightly different. All three work in a similar way in preventing pregnancy. But while EllaOne can used for up to 5 days after unprotected sex, the window for Levonelle and Upostelle is shorter, at 3 days.
Should I use EllaOne, Levonelle or Upostelle?
This will be determined by your medical history, and the presence of certain conditions. Our confidential consultation service can help you find out if these treatments are suitable for you.
Are there different side effects?
Yes. Although many of them are similar, you should be aware of the side effects each medicine may cause before you decide on a specific product.
Is it right for me?
You can find out if a particular medicine is right for you by taking our health questionnaire. Every order is checked prior to approval by a qualified practitioner. When confirmed as safe, our dispensing pharmacy will send your treatments via next-day delivery.
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