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EllaOne 30mg Tablet

EllaOne 30mg Tablet (1 tablet)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Fri. 02 Oct and Mon. 05 Oct.

EllaOne - the 5-day morning after pill

EllaOne is the newest emergency contraceptive tablet available over-the-counter from pharmacies, without the need for a prescription. It can be taken up to 120 hours (five days) to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if there has been a contraceptive failure, such as a split condom. EllaOne is thought to remain up to 98% effective, even after up to five days. EllaOne can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy in advance to ensure you have effective emergency contraception as soon as possible when you need it.

About EllaOne

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is EllaOne?

EllaOne is a 'morning after pill' that is taken in a single dose for emergency contraception. EllaOne is the newest form of 'morning after pill' available and be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex or contraceptive accident and still remain effective. EllaOne is thought to be up to 98% effective at preventing pregnancy as long as it is taken within 120 hours of the incident. It is the most effective morning after pill in the UK1.

EllaOne is not a regular contraceptive method and should not be used more than once per menstrual cycle. It will not interrupt an existing pregnancy and does not affect your fertility.


How does EllaOne work?

EllaOne contains the hormone ulipristal acetate. It acts to prevent the release of eggs from the ovaries during ovulation and to reduce the chance of a fertilised egg implanting in the womb.


Taking EllaOne

EllaOne should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. It can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after sex and still be effective. It can be taken at any point in your cycle.


After taking EllaOne

A very small minority of women feel sick after taking EllaOne, if you are sick within 3 hours of taking the tablet you must obtain a further supply as it will not be effective.

EllaOne may cause your next period to come earlier or later than normal, and it may be heavier or lighter than usual.

You should continue using your regular method of contraception after taking EllaOne, emergency contraception will not protect you for the rest of your cycle.


Further information

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for side effects and additional information. 

For further information or alternatives you will need to either contact your own GP or visit your nearest GUM clinic.

This Information can be found on the NHS Choices website.



1. https://www.ellaone.co.uk

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.
  • EllaOne should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.
  • It is only effective up to 120 hours after, if it has been longer than this you should not take EllaOne and see your GP to discuss emergency contraception.
  • If you are sick or suffer with diarrhoea within 3 hours of taking EllaOne it may not have been absorbed and will not be effective. You will need to obtain another supply as soon as possible.

Unfortunately EllaOne is not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, however it is up to 98% effective if it is taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex.

If your next period has not arrived five or more days from when it was due you should take a pregnancy test.

Usually less than 1 in 10 people experience side effects from EllaOne, however the most common may include abdominal pains, nausea, sickness, dizziness, spotting or abnormal bleeding, headaches, dizziness, mood changes, breast or back pain, painful periods, or tiredness. Taking EllaOne with some food may help to reduce any nausea you may experience.

Less common side effects can include:

  • diarrhoea, heartburn, wind, dry mouth

  • unusual or irregular vaginal bleeding, heavy/prolonged periods premenstrual syndrome, vaginal irritation or discharge, lesser or greater sex drive

  • hot flushes

  • appetite changes, emotional disorders, anxiety, agitation, trouble sleeping, sleepiness, migraine visual disturbances

  • influenza

  • acne, skin lesions, itching

  • fever, chills, malaise

  • genital pain or itching, pain during sex, rupture of an ovarian cyst, unusually light period

  • loss of concentration, vertigo, shaking, disorientation, fainting

  • unusual sensation in eye, red eye, sensitivity to light

  • dry throat, disturbance in taste

  • hives (itchy rash), feeling thirsty

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let a heathcare professional know immediately. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Each EllaOne tablet contains ulipristal acetate 30mg as the active ingredient.

The other inactive ingredients include: lactose, povidone K30, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate.

EllaOne can make hormonal contraceptives, such as pills or patches, less effective. After taking EllaOne you should continue to use your regular hormonal contraceptive and also use condoms until your next period.

The following medicines may make EllaOne work less well:

  • Phenytoin, fosphenytoine, phenobarbital, primidone, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine (used to treat epilepsy)

  • Ritonavir, efavirenz, nevirapine (used to treat HIV infection)

  • Rifampicin, rifabutin (used to treat tuberculosis)

  • St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) or herbal medicines that contain it (used for depression or anxiety).

If you are taking any of the above medcines you should discuss emergency contraception with your GP to ensure that it is effective.

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of medicines that may affect EllaOne.

Do not take EllaOne if your period is already overdue as you may already be pregnant. You should see your GP or family planning clinic.

EllaOne should not replace your regular method of contraception, such as the pill or condoms; these are more reliable and effective.


Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 3 - 5 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 3 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.



DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is EllaOne?

    EllaOne is a single tablet emergency contraceptive that can be used up to 5 days after uprotected sexual intercourse. Along with other emergency contraceptives, It is also called the morning after pill. The active ingredient in EllaOne is ulipristal acetate.

  • How does EllaOne work and how effective is it?

    EllaOne postpones ovulation by modifying the naturally occurring female hormone progesterone. It is 98% effective regardless of when it is taken, up to 5 days after unprotected sex. You can take EllaOne at anytime in your cycle and it is suitable for women of child-bearing age and for adolescents.

    EllaOne can only be used in a menstrual cycle and should not be used as a regular form of contraception. Other options such as contraceptive pills, Inter-Uterine Devices (IUDs), contraceptive injections, or contraceptive patches should be discussed with a healthcare professional.

  • How do I take EllaOne?

    The treatment course for EllaOne is one tablet taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Unlike other emergency contraception treatments it is effective for up to five days after unprotected sexual intercourse.

    EllaOne can be taken at any time of day on an empty stomach, or with or after food. Taking EllaOne with or after food may help to prevent nausea that is sometimes experienced for a few hours afterwards.

  • What is the difference between EllaOne and Levonelle?

     At The Independent Pharmacy we can supply two different single-dose emergency contraception tablets; EllaOne and Levonelle.

    Mechanism of action

    Levonelle is a synthetic substitute of the female hormone progesterone. It can be taken up to 3 days after unprotected sexualintercourse and the exact mechanism of how it works is not known. Depending on where you are in your cycle it is thought to prevent ovulation, fertilisation or implantation.

    EllaOne also works on the progesterone hormone but it modifies it to prevent ovulation from taking place. 


    With Levonelle the longer treatment is delayed after unprotected sex the less effective it becomes. If taken 24 hours after sex it is 98% effective, this drops to 85% after 48 hours and drops further to 58% up to 72 hours.

    EllaOne can be taken up to 5 days after a sexual episode and is 98% effective up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.

    Levonelle is not as effective in preventing pregnancy in larger women (ones who have a high Body Mass Index). EllaOne is more effective and is recommended in these cases.

    Side effects (sickness)

    If you are physically sick up to 2 hours after of taking Levonelle you need a replacement tablet.

    A replacement is needed if you vomit up to 3 hours after taking EllaOne.

    Multiple Uses

    If needed Levonelle can be used more than once in a single menstrual cycle.

    EllaOne can only be used once per cycle.

  • What if I am sick or feel sick after taking EllaOne?

    Nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps are common side effects with both Levonelle and EllaOne emergency contraception tablets.

    Nausea is not a nice feeling and can be prevented by taking the medication with or after food, having regular snacks or taking an anti-sickness tablet before taking EllaOne. Nausea does not make the tablet any less effective.

    Vomiting is not as common as simple nausea but it can still affect up to 10% of women taking EllaOne. If you are sick within 3 hours of taking the tablet, it will not be effective and you will need a replacement. If you are sick after more than 3 hours the effectiveness of EllaOne will not change and there is no need to take any action.

  • How often can you take EllaOne?

    EllaOne can only be taken once per cycle. If you need to take more than one emergency contraceptive in a single cycle, Levonelle is a more appropriate option.

  • What side effects should I expect after taking EllaOne?

    The majority of women will not be affected by any side effects. EllaOne is generally well tolerated, especially if it is taken with or after food.

    The most common side effects are

    • Stomach cramps
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Headaches

    Your next period may also be earlier or later than expected by a couple of days. If it is later than 7 days, or you experience any morning sickness or breast tenderness, you should perform a pregnancy test. Please see a doctor if the test results indicate that you are pregnant.

  • Will EllaOne give me contraceptive cover for 5 days?

    EllaOne can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex as an emergency form of contraception. It will not stop you becoming pregnant if you have unprotected sex again after using it. It is recommended you use condoms every time you have sex until you have your next period.

  • Does EllaOne work if you are already pregnant?

    EllaOne does not work if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant after using it, it will not harm your baby.

  • Can you use EllaOne whilst breast-feeding?

     Breast milk should be removed using a breast pump and discarded for 7 days after taking EllaOne.

  • What are the effects of EllaOne on Fertility?

    EllaOne doesn’t affect your fertility and in fact, after taking a tablet, you need to use condoms every time you have sex until you have your next period.

  • Are there any medicines that interact with EllaOne?

    There are four different classes of medication that make EllaOne less effective. These are:

    • St Johns Wort (used to treat depression or anxiety)
    • Rifampicin and Rifambutin (antibiotics which are rarely used other than to treat tuberculoisis)
    • Phenytoin, fosphenytoine, phenobarbital, primidone, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine (Used for the treatment of epilepsy. Carbamazepine can also be used for other ailments other than epilepsy.)
    • Ritonavir, efavirenz, nevirapine (used to treat HIV infection)


Authored By:

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William Obeng

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Published on: 29-05-2019

Last modified on: 29-05-2019

Reviewed By:

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Andy Boysan


Reviewed on: 29-05-2019

Next review date: 29-05-2021

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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