A New Emergency Contraception Can Be Used For 120 Hours After A Birth Control Failure.

A new contraception pill that can prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or after your birth control fails (i.e. broken condom)...
A new contraception pill that can prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or after your birth control fails (i.e. broken condom) was just approved last Friday by the FDA. The new contraception drug, ulipristal acetate, (brand name, ella), is available by prescription and prevents pregnancy when taken orally within 120 hours (five days) after a contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse. 120 hours is long, considering the last approved emergency contraception (Plan B) is meant to be used within 72 hours of intercourse. So far, research shows that ella significantly reduces the risk of pregnancy in women who used it after unprotected intercourse by preventing the rupture of the egg-containing follicle within the ovary - necessary for an egg cell to be released from an ovary. The manufacturers note that this new drug is not meant to be a routine contraceptive, and should only be used for emergencies. The drug has been available in Europe for about 4 years now under the brand name ellaOne. Learn more about ella.

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