Emergency Contraception: All You Need to Know About Ella

Safe sex is happy sex. But despite efforts to increase sexual education in schools, as well as wide accessibility to condoms and birth control, we’re only human. Emergency contraception was first available in the 1960’s, but was restricted as treatment for women who had been raped. After decades of trial and error and women’s rights battles, the “first progestin-only method of emergency contraception” was approved by the FDA in 1999. In the following years, new options began to emerge and accessibility became less of an issue.  

Taking emergency contraception for the first time can be daunting, especially when you’re in a rush and are feeling anxious or scared. But don’t fret — at KwikMed, we offer a quick-turnaround for you to receive your medication the next day. If you’re still wondering how this all works, you’re not alone. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about Ella:

Ella was approved by the FDA in 2010 and became available by prescription at pharmacies around the country. Today, Ella is a major emergency contraception brand, and is easily accessible through your doctor or online providers such as KwikMed. So how does it even work? According to Very Well Health, “Ella contains ulipristal, a non-hormonal drug that blocks the effects of key hormones necessary for conception.” Ulipristal is used at such a low, but effective dose, that it will prevent the conception, but enable to provide an abortion (as opposed to similar drugs that are approved by the FDA). For that reason, Ella is effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex — but the sooner, the better. It’s been suggested that if your BMI is over 25, the “morning-after pill” may not be as effective. Yet, doctors still recommend taking the pill after having unprotected sex. It’s important to speak to one of our licensed physicians to see if this is the best option for you.

Unfortunately, experiencing side effects when taking emergency contraception is normal. These can include menstrual pain, nausea, or dizziness. According to Insider, EC pills are up to 90% effective in preventing conception. So if you’re not ready for an unintended pregnancy, taking Ella can give you peace of mind. Learn more about KwikMed and how to get Ella shipped to you here: https://www.kwikmed.com/buy-ella/