If you are worried that you are pregnant and are trying to understand your options, you have probably come across the options of medication abortion and the Plan B pill. 

A medication abortion terminates an early pregnancy, while Plan B is used to prevent pregnancy.

Read this article to understand the distinct purposes for the abortion pill and Plan B and the possible risks/side effects for each.

How the Abortion Pill Works 

The abortion pill, also known as medical abortion, is a series of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. The first drug terminates the pregnancy by blocking progesterone, while the second expels the pregnancy tissue by triggering uterine contractions.

This abortion method is only FDA-approved for use up to 10 weeks of gestation. Receiving an ultrasound first is a critical step in determining how far along you are.

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill? 

As with any medical procedure, the abortion pill does come with some risks. According to Mayo Clinic, these risks include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

How Plan B Works

Also known as levonorgestrel and the morning-after pill, Plan B is a drug that prevents pregnancy. It does not terminate an already existing pregnancy, like a medication abortion does.   

It works to prevent ovulation, block fertilization, or prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. This emergency contraception prevents some pregnancies, but it is only about 75% effective according to Yale Health. 

The Side Effects of Plan B

There are side effects to Plan B as well, including:

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

Before You Make a Decision

We offer no-cost pregnancy services such as pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds. Our ultrasound scans provide important health details, such as your pregnancy’s age, location, and viability. This is critical information for your next steps.

Contact us today to schedule your no-cost appointment and speak with a caring staff member.