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Emergency Contraceptive Pills - Are They Effective?

July 25, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 205

Emergency contraceptive pills that are used to reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse are also known as morning after pills. At times, normal contraceptive methods fail or couples are caught up in the heat of the moment and this can lead to an unwanted pregnancy. Although this form of contraception is commonly known as the "morning after pill", you can use it within 72-120 hours of sexual intercourse. Medically, this form of oral contraception is known as the post-coital pill (PCP). In this article, we shall discuss the best brands of morning after pills.


This drug was launched in the market recently. In spite of being new, it has caught the attention of many as it is really effective and works for a longer period of time than any other pill. ellaOne works by releasing progestogen, which fools the body into thinking that ovulation has already occurred. When this happens, the eggs are not fertilised by sperm and even if sperm fertilises the egg, ellaOne can ensure the egg does not embed itself in the womb. ellaOne is a revolutionary medication that has helped millions of women all over the world. Although it works for up to 5 days after you have had unprotected sexual intercourse; its effectiveness decreases if you use it after 2 days. It is 85% effective if used within the first 48 hours of sexual intercourse and as days pass by, it becomes less effective.

You should use this drug only as prescribed by your doctor. A single dose of ellaOne should be taken within 5 days of unprotected sexual intercourse. This drug can be used with or without food. If you vomit within three to four hours of taking a pill, you should take another one immediately. Chances are that the medicine will not work if you vomit soon after you take it. The sooner you seek medical treatment, the better it is for you. Avoid using ellaOne if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Before taking this drug, inform your doctor if you are using any other method of birth control.


Levonelle is commonly known as the morning after pill. It is an FDA-approved prescription medication that is used for preventing an unwanted pregnancy within 3 days of unprotected sexual intercourse. Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic derivative of naturally occurring female sex hormone, progesterone. How this medication works is not fully understood but it is known to be very effective if taken within the first few hours of unprotectedsexual intercourse.

It is believed that Levonelle works by preventing ovulation and fertilisation of the egg and altering the lining of the womb. Levonelle increases the thickness of the natural mucus at the neck of the womb, which makes it difficult for sperm to cross the vagina and reach the womb. If sperm does not enter the womb, fertilisation does not occur. Always consult a doctor before using either of these pills. Only a good doctor can tell if you should use Levonelle or ellaOne.

The provides various effective Emergency contraceptive pills like ellaOne and Levonelle which are medically approved and tested. Read on to know more which contraceptive pill suits you best and the directions to use the medication.

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