When it comes to safe sex, contraception, and abortion, there’s confusion and miscommunication like everything else. Is the Abortion Pill the same as Plan B? Don’t they do the same thing? How do I know which one to use? Let’s clear up some of the confusion.


The Abortion Pill

 

The Abortion Pill is also known as a medical abortion. This procedure is generally performed within the first trimester of pregnancy (week 1 to week 12). It’s a two-step process starting with a clinic visit and finishing on your own. An ultrasound is necessary to qualify for the procedure. The ultrasound gives you real-time information such as how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable (a heartbeat is detected).

 

You will receive the first pill, Mifepristone (Mifeprex®), in the clinic. This pill blocks the hormone progesterone, which causes the lining of the uterus to thin and prevent the fetus from staying implanted. The second drug, Misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract to expel the fetus. Generally, it’s taken hours or even days after the first drug.


Plan B

 

This pill is taken shortly after having had unprotected sex, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the morning-after pill. According to research, Plan B works by delaying or preventing ovulation. If fertilization has already occurred before you take the medication, Plan B won’t work. Since every woman’s cycle varies, it’s challenging to know when ovulation and fertilization have happened. Manufacturers suggest a woman take the pill no more than 72 hours after intercourse. You can purchase Plan B, and other medicines like it, at your local pharmacy. Some require a prescription.

 

As you can see, the two procedures are very different from one another. One terminates an existing pregnancy, while the other prevents pregnancy. Using contraception is a safer option than the above two choices. Practice safe sex and have yourself checked for an STD if you’ve either had several sexual partners or unprotected sex. If you discover an unplanned pregnancy, visit Women’s Center of Ohio. Confirm your pregnancy with a free pregnancy test. If your test is positive, we’ll perform a free ultrasound. Then, we can discuss all of your options confidentially.