There's a New Emergency Contraceptive Pill

It's good for up to five days after sex.

There’s a New Emergency Contraceptive Pill

It’s good for up to five days after sex.

-Jane Farrell

woman swallowing a pill

A new emergency contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy because of unprotected intercourse or the failure of other contraceptives has been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The drug, known as ella, allows women to take it up to five days after sex. Previously, another pill, levonorgestrel, prevented pregnancy up to three days after unprotected intercourse. Gina Piaggio, a former emergency-contraceptive researcher for the World Health Organization, said the three-day drug is cheaper and just as effective as ella, according to the website

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The manufacturer of ella, Laboratoire HRA Pharma, based in France, said the pill, available by prescription only, is not meant for routine contraception. It’s now available in Europe under the name ellaOne.

As with any drug, ella has some side effects: headache, nausea, stomach pain, fatigue and dizziness. Those are the same side effects as levonoorgestrel. Ella is expected to be available later this year. (Live Science)

Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.

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