February 16, 2010 by Managing-Editor
By Alex Cheatham / Staff Writer –
A new type of emergency contraceptive on the European market is more effective than the Levonorgestrel, or Plan B, pills that are available in the U.S. Ulipristal acetate, known as EllaOne, is effective for up to five days after unprotected sex.
“EllaOne works to prevent or delay ovulation, effect sperm to prevent fertilization, or, if fertilization has already occurred, will stop the egg from implanting in the uterine wall,” pharmacist Subunai Husain said.
Husain also said that although both give a surge of hormones, Plan B works only up to 72-hours post-unprotected sex, while EllaOne works for up to five days, preventing pregnancy with three different agents.
European pharmaceutical company, HRA Pharma, developed EllaOne as its newest emergency contraceptive. And, although not yet available in the U.S., EllaOne was approved for use in Europe last March through prescription only.
It seems to me that this opens the door for even more unprotected sex and more STD’s. Next we will read that the Emergency Contraceptive Pill will be good for 10 days then 21 days and then by golly we have a new pill that acts as a permanent abortifacient.