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Emergency Contraception – ellOne and Levonelle

ContraceptionsAccidents do occur and it is never worth taking a risk with the chance of pregnancy. You never know how an uncontrolled moment of lovemaking can leave you with a responsibility when you are not prepared for it. That is the reason you need emergency contraception pills or (EC) pills – just to remain a step ahead of your worries. EC pills are also there just in case your regular contraceptive measure fails. ellaOne and Levonelle are romping the UK market right now, thanks to their impressively high rate of success in preventing unwanted pregnancy.
Be confident with ellaOne
ellaOne is a remarkable addition to your contraceptive choices. ellaOne pill contains ulipristal acetate as the active ingredient. It is a selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM) for emergency contraception. You can take this pill any time within 120 hours from unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. The 5-day leniency offered by ellaOne gives it a clear edge over its rivals. The pill works just as effectively on the fifth day as on the first, allowing you to feel confident about not conceiving.
ellaOne works for about 98% women. Only 2 women out of 100 became pregnant even after taking the pill in clinical trials. The statistics clearly stood apart from traditional morning-after pills that are available over the counter. But you need a prescription to buy ellaOne. Getting a prescription is not too difficult either. All you need to do is fill up an online consultation form, which a registered doctor will check and decide whether or not you need the medicine.
Levonelle – Not too far away
Unlike ellaOne, Levonelle has a success rate of 85% when it comes to preventing pregnancy. Also, you should take the levonorgestrel pill within 72 hours from unprotected sex. A comparative study between ellaOne and Levonelle would reveal that the former is more efficient than the latter in preventing unsought pregnancy. Each medicine works differently too. ellaOne changes the action of progesterone, which, in turn, prevents the ovaries from releasing egg. Levonelle’s mode of action is different. It prevents ovulation and creates changes in cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Is there any chance of unintended pregnancies or contracting sexually transmitted diseases with emergency contraceptive pills?
Any emergency contraceptive pill ‘reduces’ the risk of pregnancy, but does not ‘eliminate’ it. Studies have shown that the chance of pregnancy with birth control pills is about 75-89% in general. But make sure you take the pill right away after unprotected sex, for the more you delay, the more the chance of getting pregnant. Also, you may get pregnant if you take an EC pill and then have sex but do not take another pill after. It is not very well understood how long the pills work.
If your next period comes too late, there is a high chance that you might be pregnant. So get a pregnancy test done immediately. EC pills can prevent pregnancy, but not sexually transmitted diseases.
Should I take EC pills if I am obese?
Birth control options for obese women are limited compared to normal-weight women. Studies have found that obese women are better off using regular birth control pills than emergency contraceptive pills.

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