What’s the Difference Between the Abortion Pill and Plan B?

Girl wondering What’s the Difference Between the Abortion Pill and Plan B?

If you’ve had sex in the last couple of weeks, you may be wondering if you’re pregnant. How will you know? Is it too soon to take a pregnancy test?

If your pregnancy is completely unintended, you may be considering abortion or perhaps Plan B. The abortion pill is one option, if you’re pregnant, but it isn’t the only option. Plan B may not be right either. You need to know more about both the abortion pill and Plan B.

The Abortion Pill vs. Plan B

The abortion pill and Plan B are very different. Here’s how:

The Abortion Pill

Interestingly, the abortion pill isn’t one pill and it isn’t as easy as you’ve been told. The abortion pill is a medication method of abortion. The process uses two very powerful drugs to end your pregnancy. 

The first drug, mifeprex also known as Mifepristone, is one of the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) most heavily regulated drugs. Because many foreign countries offer an inferior and unregulated version, the FDA keeps this powerful drug under tight supervision.

Mifepristone works to block a hormone called progesterone. This hormone is necessary to support the growth of the placenta that supplies nutrients to the growing embryo. Mifepristone causes the uterine lining to thin and prevents the embryo or fetus from staying implanted.

The second drug, misoprostol, causes the uterus to expel the pregnancy by causing painful contractions and bleeding. The abortion pill method can only be used up to the 10th week of pregnancy. 

Side effects and risks include the possibility of an incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, strong contractions, and infection.

Plan B

Plan B is also known as the “morning-after” pill. It is considered an emergency contraceptive, but should never be used as a regular form of contraception. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Plan B is for “prevention of pregnancy following unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure.” The NIH also says in order to be effective, the tablet should be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours of intercourse.

The NIH claims the morning-after pill doesn’t stop pregnancy if it’s taken on the day of ovulation or after ovulation. Plan B works to delay or prevent ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. It’s not effective if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the womb. Since the actual date of ovulation is difficult to determine, there’s a chance Plan B won’t work.

There are other restrictions for taking Plan B such as being overweight or obese, allergic to any of its ingredients, or taking certain medications. The side effects and risks of Plan B include nausea or vomiting, dizziness, bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding, and lower abdominal pain or cramps

Your Next Step 

Your next step is to visit Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center. We offer free pregnancy testing that will give you accurate results. If the test is positive, Crossroads provides free limited ultrasounds to confirm a fetal heartbeat. 

An ultrasound also estimates how far along you are based on fetal measurements. This is important information if you’re considering the abortion pill. At that time, we can go over all of your options for your unplanned pregnancy.

We respect you and your privacy. None of your test results or our conversations will be shared with anyone. We want to help you. Schedule your appointment at Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center today.

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