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Available by prescription only, ulipristal is a type of "morning after pill" used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. This emergency contraceptive works by blocking the effects of progesterone. This action can stop or delay ovulation and alter the lining of the uterus. It comes in tablet form and should be taken within five days after unprotected sex.
What Is Ulipristal?Ulipristal acetate (ella®) is a prescription emergency contraceptive (a "morning after pill"). Emergency contraceptives are used to reduce the chances of becoming pregnant after unprotected sex or after a potential birth control failure. Because ulipristal is not as effective as many other forms of birth control, it is not intended for regular use as a contraceptive (it is intended for emergency use only).
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, ulipristal can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most women tolerate it quite well.
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)