Plan B and the abortion pill are both comprised of different medications and differ in when they’re taken. Plan B is often referred to as an emergency contraceptive, and the abortion pill is utilized later during pregnancy to end the pregnancy.
What Is Plan B?
Plan B, the morning-after pill, is either made of a drug called levonorgestrel or ulipristal acetate. These medications are used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. However, this medication is not meant to replace regular, long-term birth control.
Plan B usually works to delay or prevent ovulation from taking place. However, if an egg has been released and fertilized, this medication may stop it from continuing to be sustained by not allowing it to attach to the uterine wall.
Are There Risks for Plan B?
The Mayo Clinic states that this medication isn’t for everyone. Also, discussing the risks, such as bleeding between periods, abdominal cramping, nausea, and vomiting, are important concerns to address before using this drug.
What Is the Abortion Pill?
The abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion, comprises mifepristone and misoprostol. These medications are used when an egg has been fertilized and attaches to the uterine lining. Mifepristone works to first thin the uterine lining; then, misoprostol has the body push the pregnancy tissue out by inducing contractions.
Are There Risks for the Abortion Pill?
Yes, just like other drugs, there are risks and some people should not use the abortion pill, according to the Mayo Clinic. Individuals who do not qualify for the abortion pill include:
- Those too far along in pregnancy.
- Have an intrauterine device.
- Have a pregnancy outside of the uterus.
- Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- Take blood thinners or certain steroid medicines.
- Can’t make follow-up appointments or don’t have emergency care access.
- Have an allergy to the medicine.
Additionally, speaking with a trusted medical professional or pregnancy clinic to discuss your medical history and risks to this process is also important to help safeguard your health.
Who Can I Discuss What Options Are Right for Me?
Still have questions regarding what options are suitable for you or concerns you’d like to discuss? Contact us today for a free, confidential appointment. We can speak with you about all your options while providing free services such as pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and options counseling.
Let us help you create a plan for this unplanned season, and together we will map out the right course of action for you.