Apr 12, 2024

What To Know After Taking Ella

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So, you’ve taken ella – now what? Navigating the steps after emergency contraception can be confusing, but fear not! We’re here to walk you through everything to know after using ella, ensuring you’re well-informed and prepared for what comes next. Let’s dive in!

Taking a Pregnancy Test

After using ella, it’s essential to monitor your menstrual cycle. If you don’t get your period within three weeks, it’s time to take a pregnancy test. This step is crucial for confirming whether ella effectively prevented pregnancy. 

Requiring Emergency Contraception Again Within 5 Days

If you find yourself in need of emergency contraception again within five days of using ella, it’s important to stick with ella for consistency. It’s always a good idea to stay prepared, so consider having a few packs on hand. With free overnight shipping in discreet packaging, Planned Parenthood Direct makes it easy to ensure you’re ready for any situation.

Remember, ella is a prescription-strength emergency contraceptive and is 85% effective on any day you take it, up to five days after unprotected sex.  

Transitioning to a New Hormonal Birth Control Method

For those considering transitioning to a new hormonal birth control method, like the pill, after using ella, here’s what to keep in mind: 

  • Wait six days after unprotected sex before staring your new method.
  • During the waiting period, use another method of birth control, such as condoms, to prevent pregnancy
  • Continue using the backup method until your new hormonal birth control method becomes effective.

This approach ensures a smooth transition and continuous protection against unintended pregnancy.

Navigating ella While Breastfeeding 

For breastfeeding individuals, using ella requires some additional precautions: 

  • Pump and discard your milk for 24 hours after using ella
  • Only opt for ella if you’re comfortable with pumping and discarding your milk for the next day. 

It’s important to note that this step isn’t necessary if you choose other forms of emergency contraception. 

Navigating the steps after using ella doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following these guidelines, you can ensure you’re taking the necessary precautions and making informed decisions about your reproductive health. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for personalized guidance and support. Download the Planned Parenthood Direct app to stay empowered in managing your sexual health. Here’s to informed choices and peace of mind! 

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