Newly approved oral emergency contraceptive for Singaporeans
There is a newly approved morning after pill for us, Singaporeans, and we will tell you everything you need to know when an “oopsie” happens, and it happens when you least expect it…
This product, which has also been approved earlier by the European Medicines Agency and US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in Europe and the USA in 2009 and 2010 respectively, has been proven to be safe and more effective than the current treatment.
So what’s the product?
A leading specialty pharmaceutical with an innovative female health portfolio, Hyphens Pharma, announced that ella ® (ulipristal acetate) is a new oral emergency contraceptive (EC).
“ella ® is the first new oral EC solution to be introduced in almost a decade, and a new chemical entity. It is important for women and physicians to finally have choice of an oral EC which gives them a peace of mind with the superior and extended efficacy and convenience,” says Mr Lim See Wah, Managing Director of Hyphens Pharma.
According to the results of extensive clinical investigations, one of which was published in the world’s leading medical journal, The Lancet, ella® consistently demonstrated safe and superior effective in pregnancy prevention. Among the 2 groups of women to take the 2 different ECs in the first 24 hours, ella® prevents 65% more pregnancy than the current treatment option. This translates to: for every 10 women who became pregnant after taking the current treatment due to treatment failure, there are 6.5 women on ella who did not get pregnant.
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How does it work internally?
The superior efficacy could be related to its as a new chemical entity and mechanism of action, which can prevent ovulation (release of egg from the ovary) so that sperm is unable to fertilise it at certain part of the woman’s cycle where even the other treatment is no longer effective.
Dr Chee Jing Jye, Medical Director of The Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre said: “Currently, the only oral emergency contraceptive available in the market is indicated for use within 3 days post unprotected sex or contraceptive failure and the efficacy drops over time. By the third day, almost 1 in every 2 woman will still get pregnant even after taking the drug. ”
Basically, ella ® has been proven to work up to 5 days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure and more importantly, its efficacy does not diminish during this period.”
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One dose, one chance
In today’s fast pace world and hectic lifestyle, ella (R) can become an emergency contraceptive of choice not only because of its longer and better effective period but also for its ease and convenience of use. Women using ella (R) will only need to take one tablet but the only currently available oral emergency contraceptive option require the women to take two tablets 12 hours apart.
Dr Chee clarified: “Some women forget the 2nd pill or have to suffer from the nauseating side effect twice with every dose. As this is a condition where there is only one window of opportunity for treatment, it is crucial to deliver the most effective and compliant treatment for the woman.”
What you should know about Emergency Contraception (EC)
Oral emergency contraception or “morning after pill” is a contraceptive method which prevents pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. Although commonly called the ‘morning-after- pill, EC should be taken as soon as possible after the act – and not wait till the next morning. EC is also not an abortion pill. EC is not able to terminate an already existing pregnancy. EC is also found to have no differences in neither miscarriage nor cause malformation to the fetus even if pregnancy occurs.
Information on oral emergency contraception using social media
ProtectYourself.sg is an information portal on oral emergency contraception management in Singapore and where women and men can source for information in times of uncertainty post coitus. ProtectYourself.sg serves to educate both women and men of all reproductive ages about responsible sex, EC use, where to seek help and consequence of abortion and abandonment particularly in Singapore. You can also show your support to reduce abortions and abandonments by liking the FaceBook page (ProtectYourself Singapore) and following them on Twitter (@ProtectYrselfSG)
For more information, please visit www.hyphens.com.sg.