The two morning after pills (ellaOne and Levonelle) have different timings: 

  • ellaOne must be taken within 120 hours (five days) of having unprotected sex.
  • Levonelle must be taken within 72 hours (three days) of having unprotected sex.  

Do not delay ‒ the earlier you take the pill, the more likely it is to work. You should take the morning after pill exactly as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist.

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Authored Jan 10, 2022 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jan 10, 2022 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm