Abortion Pill versus Morning After Pill

Did you know that the abortion pill and the morning after pill are not the same? Below, we will explain the difference between the two and how they work to effectively prevent or end a pregnancy.

What is the difference?

The morning after pill, or “Plan B,” is a large dose of oral contraceptive and can be purchased over-the-counter at many drug or convenient stores. If you have had unprotected sex or had contraceptive failure, Plan B can be taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse. Plan B acts an emergency contraceptive by preventing fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation, which causes the fetus to develop. If you are already pregnant and the fertilized egg has already been implanted in the uterus, Plan B will not have any effect on the pregnancy. Some people consider Plan B to be an “abortifacient” because it can keep a fertilized egg from implanting.

On the other hand, RU-486, often called the abortion pill, is a series of two pills that terminate an existing pregnancy. The two pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, work together to end and expel a pregnancy from a woman’s body. The first pill, mifepristone, is given at a doctor’s office or clinic and blocks a woman’s progesterone (the hormone your body needs to develop a fetus during pregnancy). The second pill, misoprostol, is taken approximately one to two days later and will induce labor. Misoprostol will cause severe cramping and heavy bleeding as the body expels the contents of the uterus. This is similar to a miscarriage. You can take the abortion pill up to 70 days after the first day of your last period. If it has been longer than that, you must have a surgical abortion procedure instead.

Things to consider:

  • Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
  • Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache and menstrual changes.
  • The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.

Please note that we do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients. We are, however, committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks. Contact us today to make a confidential appointment at one of our four locations in Palm Beach County.

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