Even when you practice regular, responsible birth control, sometimes mistakes happen. You forget. The form of birth control you usually depend on fails. Things can happen. An alternative now exists, and it can be taken a full five days after unprotected intercourse in order to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. When your normal form of birth control has an unexpected lapse, now you have a backup plan.

When a woman does not wish to become pregnant yet is exposed to the possibility of becoming pregnant by engaging in unprotected sex or the failure of a barrier form of birth control, one option is Ella. Ella has been shown to be effective at preventing pregnancy when taken within 120 hours (five days) of having unprotected sex or the failure or suspected failure of a barrier form of birth control

Ella works by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting to the uterus, by preventing an egg from being released into the uterus or by helping to prevent a sperm from fertilizing an egg. There are a few possible side effects experienced by women who take Ella for the prevention of pregnancy. Most commonly, abdominal pain, headache and nausea may be experienced. Ella should not be taken after five days of the possibility of an egg becoming fertilized (sexual intercourse), and should never be taken by women who desire to become pregnant.

Ella has been approved for taking at any point during a woman's menstrual cycle in order to prevent pregnancy. Ella is also known as an emergency contraceptive, and should not be used by women for the regular prevention of pregnancy.

Ella does not protect the user from sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV, AIDS, Herpes, Syphilis or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It is not known whether or not Ella is transmitted through the breast milk, so it should never be taken by women who are currently breastfeeding babies.

If you vomit within three hours after taking Ella, it may not be effective and the woman should consider taking a second dose in order to prevent pregnancy. Ella is also not effective when the woman takes it along with some other drugs, such as barbiturates, carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, and St. John's Wort. If you are currently taking any of these other drugs, discuss your possibilities with your doctor.

Ella is not intended to be used in girls before the onset of menarche or for women past menopause. There has been no noticed difference in the effectiveness of Ella in women under the age of 18 as in women over the age of 18.

Ella is a brand name of the drug ulipristal acetate. This drug is also available in a generic form, and is marketed as ulipristal acetate. If a woman is pregnant and wishes to remain so, she should not take Ella or its generic version, ulipristal acetate.

For the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and for the prevention of pregnancy, doctors recommend using another form of birth control regularly. Ella is intended for emergency use only, and should only be used on very rare occasions when another form of birth control, regularly used, has failed or might have failed. Discuss with your doctor what form of regular birth control might work best with your lifestyle.

Ella is effective for two days longer than the “Morning After Pill”. It is available only by prescription. To get Ella online, visit a reputable online pharmacy with doctors on staff who can take an accurate medical history and will be aware of any potential side effects or drug interactions. Getting your drugs online is quicker and easier than a wait in the doctor's office, and can prevent unnecessary embarrassment when discussing sensitive problems with the family physician.

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