Morning after Pill

The morning-after pill is a type of emergency contraception that prevents pregnancy after unprotected sex and can also be used if the primary method of birth control has failed. The pill is more effective the sooner it is taken, our expedited delivery options can also help with timing.

  • EllaOne is approximately 98% effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex
  • Levonelle is up to 95% effective if taken within the first 24 hours
  • Safe to keep on hand in case it is ever needed in an emergency

Morning after Pill

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EllaOne (Ulipristal Acetate)

EllaOne emergency contraceptive pill helps prevent unplanned pregnancy due to unprotected sex. It is also useful in situations where the contraceptive method has failed or one has not been used. The tablet works well when taken within five days (120 hours) of unprotected sex.

Levonelle (Levonorgestrel)

Levonelle, is the brand of Levonorgestrel, an emergency contraceptive prescribed to women if they have had unprotected sex but wish to avoid pregnancy. It consists of a synthetic of the natural progesterone hormone which prevents the release of an egg during menstruation. It must be taken within 72 hours in order to be effective.


Levonorgestrel is the generic form of Levonelle, an emergency contraceptive prescribed to women if they have had unprotected sex but wish to avoid pregnancy. It consists of a progesterone hormone which prevents the release of an egg during menstruation. It can be used for up to 3 days after unprotected intercourse but it is more effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected intercourse.


The morning-after pill is taken after having unprotected sex or if the contraception fails to work, for instanceifthe condom breaks. There are two types of morning-after pill:one contains levonorgestrel and the other ulipristal acetate. Theywork by delaying or stopping the release of an egg: ovulation.

Levonorgestrel is a synthetic progesteronehormone, and it primarily works by preventing ovulation. At the same time, it increases the thickness of mucus around the cervix which creates a barrier. This prevents the sperm from passing through.

The morning-after pill should only be used as backup contraception and not as a primary method of birth control.

The morning-after pill can work in several ways, such as:

  • Delaying the release of the egg from the ovary
  • Preventing the fertilised eggs from being implanted into the uterus
  • Preventing the sperm from fertilising the eggs

Each of the above should successfully help in stopping pregnancy. The sooner the morning-after pill is taken after unprotected sex, the more effective it will be.

  • It is easy to use
  • EllaOne can be used up to 5 days after having unprotected sex
  • There are no serious side-effects of preventing pregnancy by using the morning-after pill

Emergency contraception like the morning-after pill areavailable to order from MedsNow after completing a brief consultation. 





EllaOne (Ulipristal Acetate)

Nine in 1000 women would get pregnant if the pill is taken within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex

Up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex

£34.95 or free if prescribed on NHS

Levonelle One Step/ Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive/Generic Levonorgestrel 1.5mg Tablets (Levonorgestrel)

23 in 1000 women would get pregnant if they take the pill within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex

Up to 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex

From £15.99 or free if prescribed on NHS

  • How effective is the morning-after pill?

    Levonorgesterel (Levonelle): Effectiveness depends on when the tablet is taken: 95% during the first 24 hours, 85% from 25-48 hours, 58% from 49-72 hours.

    EllaOne:If the morning-after pill is taken within 5 daysof having unprotected sex, it will be about 98% effective.
  • Can you get pregnant after taking the morning after pill? Yes, it is possible to get pregnant even after taking the morning-after pill. This emergency contraception can help in preventing pregnancy when you take it after having unprotected sex, but it won’t prevent pregnancy for sex you may have after taking it.

  • How do you get a morning-after pill? You can get the morning-after pill online from MedsNow after a brief online consultation.

  • Is the morning-after pill bad for you? It is not recommended to take the morning-after pill as an ongoing form of birth control as it is not as effective as normal contraception. Moreover, frequent use of emergency contraception may cause periods to become irregular, and other side effects.

  • When will the morning-after pillnot be effective? The morning-after pill won’t be effective if you took it at the time you ovulate or after you ovulate. It could also fail if you have unprotected sex again after you take the pill in the same cycle.

  • How do you know that the morning-after pill has worked? The only way you can know if the morning after pill has prevented pregnancy is if your next period arrives when it should. If you miss your period or it seems to be later there is a chance you may have become pregnant, and you should do a pregnancy test.

  • Does bleeding mean the morning-after pill worked? It is normal to experience light bleeding or spotting after taking the morning-after pill. It is one of the mild side effects of emergency contraception. It usually goes away on its own.

  • What are the side-effects of the morning-after pill? Some of the side effects of the morning-after pill include nausea, fatigue, dizziness, headache, tenderness of breast, light bleeding, or cramps.

  • Does the morning-after pill make you gain weight? Though it is a common rumour, research hasn’t shown any correlation between taking a morning-after pill and gaining weight.

  • How long does the morning-after pill side-effects last? The morning-after pill only causes mild side-effects which don’t last more than a few days.

  • Is cramping normal after taking the morning-after pill? Though mild cramps are rare after taking the morning-after pill, it is a normal occurrence. If the cramps get worse, please seek medical attention. If you get abdominal pain, irregular bleeding or notice any new symptoms these should be discussed with your GP.

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