Emergency Contraception (EC)
“Oops … I Did It Again”
If you’ve had an “accident” during sexual intercourse and you’re worried about the possibility of pregnancy then, there is a pill you can take to greatly reduce your chances of getting pregnant.
Most EC pills like Postinor, available in Singapore, contain a hormone called progesterone like the ones your body makes.
Ella® the newest pill in Emergency contraception, mimics and blocks the effect of the progesterone hormone and its receptor. These pills stop your ovaries from releasing eggs. If there is NO egg, there is NO pregnancy possible.
Things You Need To Know About ELLA
No birth control is 100% effective.
Ella® can be taken within 5 days of having sex, it is 99% effective across the 5 days. **Other EC pills are less effective. They don’t work if you are pregnant.
How Do I Use Emergency Contraception Pills?
Take the pill as soon as you can after unprotected sex.
Postinor contains 2 pills. Each taken 12 hrs hours apart. Ella contains 1 pill only.
How Will I Feel After Taking The Emergency Pills?
You will most likely feel fine. EC has no long-term or severe side effects. You may have nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, breast pain, or belly pain for 1-2 days after taking the pills. Your next period may come a few days early or a few days late. You may have spotting.
If Ella is taken before your actual ovulation then your next period can be delayed by 4-5 days.
Worry about the possibility of pregnancy if your periods are more than 2 weeks delayed.
Besides Pills Are There Other Forms Of Emergency Contraception?
Yes! Copper IUDs (Intrauterine Devices). These are devices that can be placed into your uterus via a simple bedside procedure. It not only confers you emergency contraception, it can also be used as a long term contraception. In fact it can be left in the uterus for up to 5 years and replaced again if needed.
Click here to learn more about Copper IUDs as Emergency contraception.
If the need ever arises, be rest assured that you can obtain the emergency contraception Ella from our InSync Medical Clinic located along East Coast Rd.
Our Female Doctors are ready to listen to your issues. Visit us at InSync Medical Located along East Coast Road in the heart of Katong, Singapore. We also open on Sundays to Serve you.