Are you confused about Plan B vs. the abortion pill? Maybe you’re considering abortion after unexpectedly getting pregnant, or you had unprotected sex and are worried. Whatever situation you find yourself in, you may be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions, and your options can seem overwhelming.
Try your best to get informed and take your time to understand all your options. We at First Coast Women’s Services are here for you. If you’re wondering what the difference is between the abortion pill vs. Plan B, we can help clarify each and the risks involved. Before choosing either, it’s best to know if you are pregnant or not with a lab-grade pregnancy test.
Plan B is also referred to as The Morning After Pill, used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. Plan B uses a hormone called Levonorgestrel to change your cervix and prevent sperm from reaching the uterus, making it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. This pill will not work if you are already pregnant.
Plan B potential risks include:
- Irregular menstruation
- Mild abdominal pain or cramps
- Unusual spotting or bleeding
The Abortion Pill
The medication abortion process involves taking two different abortion drugs to end a pregnancy. The first drug is called Mifepristone (RU 486), and the second, Misoprostol. This process can only be done up to 10 weeks into your pregnancy. Though it’s not invasive, the abortion pill can have many serious side effects and complications.
Before a medication abortion, it’s vital to receive an ultrasound to determine how far along you are and alert you to any pregnancy complications. An ultrasound can determine whether or not you’re eligible for the abortion pill.
Abortion Pill potential risks include:
- Different types of infection
- Prolonged & heavy bleeding
- An incomplete abortion (This may lead you to a surgical abortion)
- Digestive discomfort
- Abdominal cramping/pain
The Difference Between Plan B vs. the abortion pill
The difference between Plan B and the abortion pill is the reason for use. Plan B was made to prevent pregnancy while the Abortion Pill is used to terminate a pregnancy. Please reach out to us at First Coast Women’s Services if you have any other questions or concerns. Our team would love to sit down with you and help.
What’s my next step after taking a pregnancy test?
If you are unsure about what steps to take next after experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, we are here to inform you and support you in your journey. Receive a free and confidential lab-grade pregnancy test and limited ultrasound to know for sure.
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