Ulipristal for Emergency Contraception
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Ulipristal is sold as "ella" in the Unites States and as "ellaOne" in Europe. It comes in a one-pill package (30 milligrams) that you can buy at most drugstores.
- You need a prescription to buy ulipristal.
- Females of any age can get a ulipristal prescription from a doctor. Girls don't need permission from their parents to ask a doctor for a prescription for emergency contraceptives.
How to take ulipristal
Emergency contraception is used after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy from starting. It's most effective when used as soon as possible after intercourse. Ulipristal is a new kind of pill that gives you more time after unprotected sex to take emergency contraception.
- Contact your doctor's office as soon as possible after unprotected sex. It may take time to get a prescription for ulipristal or to find a pharmacy that carries it.
- Take ulipristal as soon as possible. It can prevent pregnancy for up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but it works best if you take it right away.
- Follow the directions on the package for taking the pill, or take it as your doctor tells you to.
- Don't take ulipristal if you are pregnant.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology