A new contraceptive pill has been discovered. The EllaOne offers what has never been available before. It can be used up to five days after unprotected sex and still reduce the chances of pregnancy significantly. Up until now Plan B was the most widely used emergency contraceptive in the market. However, EllaOne has made its mark and is in great demand.
The EllaOne is currently only sold in Europe. Talks about it coming to the United States are underway. The FDA has not approved an emergency contraceptive in years now and it is not yet known if they will approve EllaOne or not.
The emergency contraceptive that is commonly used in the United States is Plan B. Plan B can only be used up to three days after unprotected sex and is also not as effective as the EllaOne. In a recent study, it was found that 1.8% of women who took EllaOne became pregnant, and 2.6% of women who took Plan B resulted in pregnancy. To some people this may not look like a large difference. It is, however, important to acknowledge that a large majority of pregnancies are not intended to happen. Women who find themselves in this position, especially if for the first time, are unsure of what to do next or are even in denial. Having a morning after pill that offers up to five days allows for greater prevention of unwanted pregnancies. This in no ways means that you should wait for longer than need be. It is still best to take the necessary precautions when having sex and use birth control methods, if pregnancy is not wanted.
Furthermore, the EllaOne has proven to be a very controversial issue. Many people do not want this drug to be allowed into the United States. Pro-life groups, especially, are strongly against this pill. “It kills embryos, just like the abortion pill,” says the president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. On the other hand, people argue that if Plan B can be sold in the US, and that too over the counter, than why can’t EllaOne? We’ll just have to wait and see what decision the FDA will make.
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