This pill falls in the category of emergency contraceptives, which are taken after sexual intercourse. At times, other methods of contraception do not work well and this is when these pills come handy. For example, a condom tears off during a lovemaking session and you don't know what to do – use the morning after pill. These pills, if used as prescribed, can negate the effects of the hormone progesterone to prevent pregnancy. But since these pills contain a high dose of hormones, it is advisable that you use them only during an emergency and not on a regular basis.
Many different types of morning after pills are available on the market and all of them work in two principal ways. First, they do not allow the ovaries to release eggs into the uterus and second, they modify the hormones and alter the environment of the uterus, which prevents a pregnancy. This pill, as the name suggests, should be used only during an emergency because it releases artificial hormones in your body, which can cause side effects if you use it everyday. Always use emergency contraception as prescribed by your doctor. Some of the very famous brands of morning after pills include ellaOne and Levonelle. Let us have a look at both of them.
This medication has brought about a revolution in the world of contraception. Now women can prevent a pregnancy even after 5 days of having unprotected sexual intercourse. ellaOne can be taken up to 120 hours after unprotected sex and it can be 95% effective if taken immediately after unprotected sexual intercourse. The sooner you take it, the better it is for you. You can take this drug with or without food. In case you vomit within 3 hours of taking this pill, you should take another pill and inform your doctor about it.
This emergency contraceptive pill is also known as the morning after pill. It contains a synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone, progesterone, which is known as levonorgestrel. It is now known how this pill works to prevent pregnancy. It is around 85% effective and can be taken for up to 3 days after unprotected sexual intercourse. It works by altering the lining of the womb, thickening the cervical mucus and preventing an egg from travelling to the womb. Both these pills, Levonelle and ellaOne, are highly effective but you should always consult a doctor before using them.