Here is a woman wondering what is the difference between plan b and the abortion pill

You may have heard the terms Plan B or abortion pill mentioned before, and assumed they were the same thing. However, Plan B and the abortion pill consist of completely different drugs with separate uses. Before taking either of these drugs, you should know the facts and risks. Wherever you find yourself today, know you are not in this alone. We are here to provide you with education so you can make an informed decision.

Our team at Ivy Women’s Center is here for you. Before proceeding with any pregnancy decision, it’s best to confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound.

What is Plan B?

Also known as the Morning After Pill, women take Plan B to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex. This process involves using the hormone, Levonorgestrel to change your cervix and stop sperm from reaching the uterus. Plan B also makes it difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus, preventing pregnancy. 

Some potential potential risks of Plan B include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irregular bleeding between periods
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Tender breasts
  • Vomiting


The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is also called medication abortion, and actually uses two drugs to end a pregnancy. The first pill is called Mifepristone (RU 486), and the second pill, Misoprostol. Medication abortion can only be performed up to 10 weeks into your pregnancy. The abortion pill does have many serious side effects and potential complications.

Before moving forward with any pregnancy decision, you will want to receive an ultrasound to determine how far along you are and alert you to any pregnancy concerns. An ultrasound will let you know if you’re eligible for the abortion pill.

Some potential risks of the Abortion Pill include:

  • Fever
  • Different types of infection
  • Prolonged & heavy bleeding
  • An incomplete abortion (This may lead you to a surgical abortion)
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Abdominal cramping/pain

In summary, the main difference between Plan B and the abortion pill is the reason for use. While Plan B was made to prevent pregnancy, the abortion pill was made to terminate a pregnancy. 

What’s My First Step?

If you need help moving forward with confidence, talk with our team at Ivy Women’s Center today. We are here to provide you with all the information you need to decide your next steps. If you think you are pregnant, we will confirm the pregnancy with a no-cost and confidential ultrasound so you can know for sure.

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