With any drugs you consider taking, you want to be aware of their intended use and side effects. Understanding the difference between the abortion pill (medical abortion) and Plan B is essential. 

Embrace is committed to providing factual information about Plan B, your pregnancy options, and more. You deserve the facts.

What Does Plan B Do?

Plan B is not an abortion drug or part of an abortion procedure. Also called the “morning-after pill,” it is taken within 72 hours after sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy. 

Plan B delays or prevents ovulation, but it isn’t 100% effective. No research suggests it affects the implantation of a fertilized egg. 

Common side effects of this drug include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness 
  • Lower abdominal pain or cramps
  • Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual periods

Is the Abortion Pill Birth Control?

The abortion pill, or medical abortion, is not a birth control method. Two drugs are used to end a pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy and associated tissue from the body.

The abortion pill is FDA-approved through ten weeks gestation. If you take the drugs used for this process, you’ll have abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Some women can also have a headache, chills, fever, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Taking the abortion pill drugs is a serious decision. Though rare, risks can occur, including:

  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • An incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

Unexpectedly Pregnant?

Before taking any drug, you should speak with a medical provider, review your eligibility, and ensure you understand the drug’s purpose.

Embrace can help if you have an unexpected pregnancy. Before making a pregnancy decision, Embrace offers no-cost services like lab-quality pregnancy testing, a limited ultrasound, and more. Get the answers you need and protect your health before making a decision.

Contact Embrace today to make an appointment.