What Is Ella®?
Many couples have concerns after unprotected sex that they could become pregnant and might consider Ella® as an option. Sometimes this is the case, other times it’s not. However, it’s important to know what your options are and how you can make the best one.
Ella® is a form of emergency contraception – a type of birth control to be used within five days after unprotected intercourse or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy.1
Note: Ella is available by prescription only, and your doctor should rule out pregnancy before prescribing ella®.2
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We are here to listen to your questions and talk about your options.
Is ella® effective?
If ella® is taken as directed, it will reduce the chance of pregnancy, but it is not effective in every case.3,4
Should I take ella®?
You can only become pregnant on certain days of the month — around the time that you ovulate. Taking ella® during a time when you cannot become pregnant needlessly exposes you to a new drug that has not been fully tested.5,6
Find out if you’re pregnant by scheduling an appointment with us.
Can ella® cause an abortion?
Taking ella® after fertilization has taken place may prevent the newly formed life from settling into the uterus and continuing to grow, which some consider a form of early abortion.7,8
There is something else to know about ella®. Unlike Plan B, ella® is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill Mifeprex™. Both have the ability to damage the embryo’s attachment to the uterus, causing its death.9
This effect on growing pregnancies was not tested in women, however a higher dose of ella® did cause abortions in pregnant animals, including monkeys, and carries the same potential in humans.10
Does ella® have side effects and risks?
Your body and health are important, so it may take time to make the best decision. The side effects and risk of ella vary for each woman but they are nevertheless important to know about. Contact us for more information. We will always protect your privacy and offer you a safe space to speak your thoughts and get the facts.