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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Emergency Contraception (Definition)

Emergency contraception is the method a woman can use to avoid getting pregnant, after she has received sperm in her vagina. She takes the hormone pills, which are usually larger doses of hormones used in oral birth control pills, within a short time (days) after her sexual activity, ...Read more


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Is it ok to take both levonelle and Ellaone in one week???

Is it ok to take both levonelle and Ellaone in one week???

Yes: Resuming or initiating hormonal contraception should be started the day after the last emergency contraception has been taken(use a backup method condom for the first 7 days) ...Read more

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Will masturbation affect ellaone's effectiveness?

Will masturbation affect ellaone's effectiveness?

No: Normal men, women, boys, and girls masturbate (it's universal). It isn't harmful, as the body goes through similar effects during regular sex with a partner (but too much of anything may become a problem). Masturbation does not alter the effects of ellaOne or ella; and does not stunt height, cause hair loss or gray hair, make you weak, create heart problems, cause acne, lower testosterone, etc... ...Read more

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Can taking Ellaone emergency pill cause cancer? Or kick start it off. Thanks

Can taking Ellaone emergency pill cause cancer? Or kick start it off. Thanks

No: It has not been shown to cause cancer as long as it is taken as directed only as an emergency contraception and not on a regular basis. Hope this answers your question and helps ...Read more

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I took ellaone 7 days ago. However, my condom just broke again. Is it safe to take ellaone again?

I took ellaone 7 days ago. However, my condom just broke again. Is it safe to take ellaone again?

ECP: An emergency contraceptive pill can be used again. Remember that this may throw off your hormones or lead to other side effects. Encourage you find a regular form of birth control. ...Read more

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Hi there- I need to take 'Ellaone' the morning after pill, but I also want to take norethisterone on Friday as I go on holiday. Can I do this?

Hi there- I need to take 'Ellaone' the morning after pill, but I also want to take norethisterone on Friday as I go on holiday. Can I do this?

YES.: Taking progesterone only to induce a period a few days after using the morning after pill shouldn't be harmful or reduce the effectiveness of either. Progesterone only pills can be used as a "morning after pill" but, since I don't know the strength of your norethisterone I can't instruct you on its use. Sounds like you may need to rethink the effectiveness of the contraception you normally use. ...Read more

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Hello, i had unprotected sex and i am not sure if my partner had some drops of semen inside me. I took the ellaone pill anyway about 24 hours after we?

Hello, i had unprotected sex and i am not sure if my partner had some drops of semen inside me. I took the ellaone pill anyway about 24 hours after we?

Unprotected sex: The "morning after" pill is not always effective in prevention of pregnancy. If you were close to ovulation (i.e., mid cycle) and do not have your period "on time", obtain a serum HCG test to make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Is Ellaone emergency pill safe? Condom broke but broke before ejaculation, want to be extra safe but hoping Ellaone has no long term effects

Is Ellaone emergency pill safe? Condom broke but broke before ejaculation, want to be extra safe but hoping Ellaone has no long term effects

Yes safe: EllaOne is a selective progesterone receptor modulator licensed for emergency contraception up to 120 hours (up to 5 days) after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Most common s/e are abdominal pain, menstrual disorders cramps. Occasionally vomiting. No long term effects according to the data. Benefits outweigh risks of unwanted pregnancy ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After taking morning after pill ellaone — period came 16 days late!?

Need expert advice. After taking morning after pill ellaone — period came 16 days late!?

Pregnancy test: Only a pregnancy test can tell you if you are pregnant. It can take 2 weeks from conception (in general 4 weeks from last period) for a pregnant test to turn positive, if you have regular monthly periods. If you believe you may be pregnant, take a test in this time frame and that should give you your answer. The morning after decreases the rate of pregnancy, but does not fully eliminate it. ...Read more

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After taking the Ellaone morning after pill, how many days until you should come on your period?

After taking the Ellaone morning after pill, how many days until you should come on your period?

Ellaone: Emergency contraceptives or morning after pills can disrupt the regular menstrual cycle. No way to predict how soon the next period will be. Check a home pregnancy test 3 weeks after unprotected sex to determine if pregnant. ...Read more

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I had the ellaone ulipristal acetate tablet yesterday after having unprotected sex 4 days ago?

I had the ellaone ulipristal acetate tablet yesterday after having unprotected sex 4 days ago?

An effective choice: Ella is 95% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken within 120 hours (5 days) of intercourse. Ella works by preventing ovulation, even during the time in your cycle when you’re most fertile. That’s important because sperm can live for five days in a woman’s reproductive tract. Most other emergency contraceptives are only approved for three days. It should only be used in an emergency. ...Read more

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What to do if I had the ellaone ulipristal acetate tablet yesterday after having unprotected sex 4 days ago?

What to do if I had the ellaone ulipristal acetate tablet yesterday after having unprotected sex 4 days ago?

Wait awhile...: Ulipristal Acetate (Ella) works up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. You may experience some spotting or a delayed period. This is normal. For peace of mind, do a pregnancy test sometime after your period is due. If you plan to continue to have intercourse, get on regular contraception such as a birth-control pill, its more effective. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Took EllaOne EC after 8 days ago, 4 days after unprotected sex. I'm still having symptoms from EllaOne. Is this normal? My period is due Tues/Wed.

Took EllaOne EC after 8 days ago, 4 days after unprotected sex. I'm still having symptoms from EllaOne. Is this normal? My period is due Tues/Wed.

It happens sometimes: Emergency contraception pills such as Plan B or ellaOne can alter the menstrual symptoms for the cycle in which it was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because ellaOne works most of the time, but not all the time. ...Read more

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I took Ellaone on day 8 of my last cycle 3wks ago straight after an UPSI. My period arrived 1 day early on 20/5 but has been light in flow & dark brown. I'm now on day 4, should I be worried?

I took Ellaone on day 8 of my last cycle 3wks ago straight after an UPSI. My period arrived 1 day early on 20/5 but has been light in flow & dark brown. I'm now on day 4, should I be worried?

No, not unusual: The hormones in Ellaone and other emergency contraceptives often change your nomal menstrual cycle for at least one cycle, and sometimes more than that. Dark brown is related to blood that aged and is not worrisome either. ...Read more

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Last period 16/11. Took ellaone 19 days ago after ovulation last period due 8/12 have taken 4 preg tests all which negative. Could I still be preg?

Last period 16/11. Took ellaone 19 days ago after ovulation last period due 8/12 have taken 4 preg tests all which negative. Could I still be preg?

Depends: Did you have unprotected sex since your last period? If yes, you may wish to repeat the pregnancy test about a month after the last episode of sex, unless you get a period before then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Little semen touched the outside of my vagina on april31. Took ellaone 3h later because I was so afraid. Period is expected today. Last period was apr?

Little semen touched the outside of my vagina on april31. Took ellaone 3h later because I was so afraid. Period is expected today. Last period was apr?

Test in a week: April has only 30 days! If you don't get your May period, test after a week overdue. Before is not accurate. You are probably ok if you took a plan b so soon. Best! ...Read more

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I had sex 05/27/13 took ellaone 05/30/13 got my period 06/15 about two weeks early, lasted 5 days. Tested negative 06/13/13 can I be pregnant by him?

I had sex 05/27/13 took ellaone 05/30/13 got my period 06/15 about two weeks early, lasted 5 days. Tested negative 06/13/13 can I be pregnant by him?

Probably not: If you had a regular period 6/15 two weeks after having sex with a man, and if your pregnancy test was negative more than 2 weeks after, it's unlikely you conceived on 5/27. If you had an ultrasound at 10-12 weeks, that calculated due date will also tell you the probable date of conception. ...Read more

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Should I do a pregnancy test? After taking EllaOne two weeks ago, still having preg symptoms. Had a period, lighter than normal and short.

Should I do a pregnancy test? After taking EllaOne two weeks ago, still having preg symptoms. Had a period, lighter than normal and short.

Yes: Emergency contraception such as Plan B or ellaOne can alter the menstrual symptoms for the cycle in which it was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because ellaOne works most of the time, but not all the time. Alternatively, one could wait and if the next regular period is normal and on time, then no need to test. ...Read more

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3 times neg pregnancy test but no pms symptoms. Took ellaone after unprotected sex. Could it be the reason why no pms symptoms?

When was last mense?: EllaOne works to prevent or delay ovulation and has a progesterone like action. Some women will get early spotting or menses after taking the pill and others will have a delay in their menses. A pregnancy test is reliable about a week after menses are expected, sometimes earlier. You do not state when you did the hcg tests and when you expected to have pms symptoms. ...Read more

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Had sex on the end of my period but he did not cum. He may have pre cum though. I took the ellaone pill 3days after and I'm worried that I am pregnant?

Had sex on the end of my period but he did not cum. He may have pre cum though. I took the ellaone pill 3days after and I'm worried that I am pregnant?

Maybe/not: Pregnancy has been documented from exposure on any day of a woman's cycle including during menses. Precum has enough sperm to do the job & the pills work better when taken closer to the time of exposure. What you describe is a lower risk scenario than some, but some risk of pregnancy remains. ...Read more

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I Was on depo injection that ran out 3 weeks ago, I didn't have periods while on this. Then I had unprotected sex last week took ellaone about 32 hours afterwards and I'm now spotting does this mean I'm not pregnant?

I Was on depo injection that ran out 3 weeks ago, I didn't have periods while on this. Then I had unprotected sex last week took ellaone about 32 hours afterwards and I'm now spotting does this mean I'm not pregnant?

Maybe. Maybe not.: A urine pregnancy test done correctly will give a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (or when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and therefore lead to a repeat test. Emergency contraceptive pills can alter the vaginal bleeding during the current and the next cycle. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex about 108 hrs ago. Yesterday I started spotting (dark color). Had my period about 15 days ago. Am i pregnant? Too late 4 ellaone?

Had unprotected sex about 108 hrs ago. Yesterday I started spotting (dark color). Had my period about 15 days ago. Am i pregnant? Too late 4 ellaone?

Might be: You might be very early pregnant but a urine pregnancy test won't be able to tell for about 2 more weeks. The other possibility is that the spotting is just from ovulation since sometimes people will spot at their fertile time. ...Read more