Sep 15, 2023

Quick Facts About ella

A box with ella from Planned Parenthood Direct

Accidents happen. Miss a birth control pill? Condom broke? Don’t worry—the morning-after pill is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 days after unprotected sex.  

Fast facts about ella:   

  • Prescription-strength single pill 
  • 85% effective on any day you take it, up to 5 days after unprotected sex (the sooner, the better) 
  • For people who weigh 195 lbs. or more, it may not be as effective  

ella is super safe, and side effects aren’t common. After you take it, it's totally normal for your next period to be earlier or later, heavier or lighter, or more spotty than usual.  

The morning-after pill is good to have on hand, even if you don’t need it right away. ella is more effective than other morning-after pills (like Plan B). In fact, it’s the most effective type of morning-after pill you can get!  

ella is available to request through the Planned Parenthood Direct app. 

Want to learn more about ella? Head to Planned Parenthood’s website. 

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