Do you feel scared, out of control, unsure about what to do next? An unplanned pregnancy is a tough road to navigate for anyone. Just know you are not alone and you are stronger than you may think. Try not to shut down but take it day by day. Always make sure to talk to someone you trust after exploring your pregnancy options.
You may be wondering what the difference is between the Abortion Pill vs Plan B. It’s best to know what you’re getting into before you proceed. We want to help clear up any confusion about the two and what makes them different.
The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill is a medication abortion where you take two separate pills including Mifepristone (RU 486) and Misoprostol. They both work to terminate a pregnancy. This procedure can only be done up to 10 weeks into your pregnancy. This process may not be invasive but can have many serious side effects and complications, especially if you have pre-existing health concerns.
Before you proceed with a medication abortion, it’s important to receive an ultrasound to prevent unwanted health complications and infection.. An ultrasound will also reveal how far along you are and where the pregnancy is located. Both factors determine whether or not you’re eligible for the abortion pill.
Abortion Pill Side Effects
- Different types of infection
- Prolonged & heavy bleeding
- An incomplete abortion (This may lead you to have to get a surgical abortion)
- Digestive discomfort
- Abdominal cramping/pain
Other risks from a medical abortion include blood clots and undetected ectopic pregnancy.
Plan B (The Morning After Pill)
Also known as The Morning After Pill, Plan B is a pill you take after having unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy, but must be taken before conception. Plan B uses a hormone called Levonorgestrel to change your cervix and try to prevent sperm from reaching the uterus. This makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Plan B will NOT work if the fertilized egg is already implanted in the uterus before taking the medication.
Plan B Side Effects
- Nausea or vomiting
- Breast tenderness
- Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
- Lower abdominal pain or cramps
The Difference Between Plan B and the Abortion Pill
Both of these medications are completely different as the abortion pill terminates an already existing pregnancy and Plan B works to prevent pregnancy.
What’s My Next Step?
If you have received a positive result on a pregnancy test, you will want to confirm your pregnancy through a lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound. An ultrasound will tell you if your pregnancy is viable and how far along you are. So don’t wonder any longer about your pregnancy options. Make sure to also test for STDs if you have had multiple sexual partners. Our center has limited STD testing and treatment available for you if needed.
We are here to help you in your journey and inform you so you can make an empowered choice.
We provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STD tests and treatment, Call to schedule an appointment with us today!