What Is Ella®?
ella® is a form of emergency contraception – a type of birth control to be used within five days after unprotected intercourse or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy.1 It is available by prescription only, and your doctor should rule out pregnancy before prescribing ella®.2
Is ella® effective?
If ella® is taken as directed, it will reduce the chance of pregnancy, but it is not effective in every case.3,
Should I take ella® (ulipristal)?
You can only become pregnant on certain days of the month — around the time that you ovulate. Taking ella® during a time when you cannot become pregnant needlessly exposes you to a drug for which there is much that is unknown.4
To find out if you are pregnant, contact us. We can give you information and schedule a free pregnancy test appointment.
Can ella® cause an abortion?
Taking ella® after fertilization has taken place may prevent the newly formed life from settling into the uterus and continuing to grow, which some consider a form of early abortion.5,6
There is something else to know about ella®. Unlike Plan B, ella® is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill Mifeprex™. Both have the ability to damage the embryo’s attachment to the uterus, causing its death.7,8
This effect on growing pregnancies was not tested in women, however a higher dose of ella® did cause abortions in pregnant animals, including monkeys, and carries the same potential in humans.9,10
Does ella® have side effects and risks?
There are reports of liver failure among women who have been given ulipristal to shrink their fibroids.11
Please contact us to get more information and to learn about side effects and risks. Your body and health are important, so take time to make the best decision.
NOTE: We offer accurate information about all your pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services or emergency contraception. The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.
COST-FREE PREGNANCY OPTIONS CONSULT:
We provide lab-grade pregnancy testing. If the test is positive, we can schedule an ultrasound and talk through your pregnancy options.
CONSULTATIONS ON ABORTIONS AND YOUR OPTIONS BY TRIMESTER
Your gestational age determines your due date and impacts your pregnancy options. Only an ultrasound exam can accurately determine gestational age.
An ultrasound is needed to determine which options are available to you. We can determine how far along you are and if the pregnancy is viable. You can also talk to a nurse about your medical history, learn more about the side-effects of the abortion pill and surgical abortions.
Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?
An abortion clinic may or may not offer an ultrasound before an abortion. An pregnancy test and ultrasound can confirm a viable pregnancy and estimate how far along in pregnancy you are. If you are considering abortion, an ultrasound will provide important information that will tell you more about your options. Abortion costs vary depending on how far along you are and the abortion procedure that you receive. Speak with us today about our free and confidential ultrasound services.