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Plan B vs. The Abortion Pill: What is the Difference

Topic: Abortion

Plan B and the abortion pill are often mistaken as the same thing, but they’re two completely different drugs. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or worried that you are pregnant after having unprotected sex, you’ll want to know the difference between the two.

However you move forward with a decision, know that you are not alone and you always have options. Be informed and educated about your options so you can make a confident decision for your future. Contact us at Women’s Care Medical Center to get the answers you need and to confirm pregnancy.

What Is Plan B?

Plan B is known as emergency contraception, also known as “the morning-after pill.” It prevents a pregnancy from developing. It’s only effective if used within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Plan B uses Levonorgestrel (a hormone) to prevent sperm from reaching the uterus and changes your cervix. This makes it difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. 

What Is The Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill is a part of the medication abortion procedure which terminates a pregnancy. Two abortion drugs are used in medication abortion: Mifepristone (RU 486) and Misoprostol. Medication abortion can only be done up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, and then surgical abortion would be necessary. 

The Difference Between Plan B vs. The Abortion Pill

The major difference between Plan B vs. The Abortion Pill is that one is used to terminate a pregnancy while the other prevents a pregnancy. If you still have questions about Plan B or The Abortion Pill, feel free to contact us at Women’s Care Medical Center to receive support. 

What Are the Side Effects?

There are serious side effects to both Plan B and The Abortion Pill. Some common side effects of Plan B include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain or cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

For the Abortion Pill, common side effects include:

  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping

What’s My First Step?

Before any decision you make, it’s vital that you confirm if you are pregnant. Plan B won’t work if you are already pregnant. To qualify for the abortion pill, you will need to confirm your pregnancy and know how far along you are. Verifying your pregnancy will also alert you of any pregnancy complications. 

Confirm your pregnancy. with a free and confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound. Get the clarity you need today.