Plan B Vs Abortion Pill

plan b vs abortion pill

Sometimes there is confusion between Plan B vs abortion pill uses. Since both are forms of medication that affect either the prevention or termination of a pregnancy, some people may consider them to be similar. However, some differences are important to consider. Here is an overview comparing Plan B and the abortion pill. 

What Is Plan B?

Plan B is a form of emergency contraception and is also referred to as the “morning-after pill”. Women take this medication as a form of emergency birth control, usually after sex when the primary form of birth control fails or has not been used. Plan B is marketed as an emergency solution to prevent pregnancy, but there are associated risks and side effects with use.

How Does It Work?

There are several ways that Plan B works. Most materials cite that the main way emergency contraception works is by delaying ovulation. This is similar to other forms of birth control. However, some forms of Plan B contraception may also prevent the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus.  

What Is The Abortion Pill?

In contrast to Plan B, women take the abortion pill after they discover they are pregnant. This is a medication abortion that ends a pregnancy. Abortion pills are only FDA-approved for use through 10 weeks gestation. The process involves taking two different medications 48-72 hours apart.

Plan B Vs Abortion Pill: Side Effects

Both Plan B contraception and abortion pills have known side effects. Some of the side effects of Plan B include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Irregular periods

These side effects can range from mild to severe. Medical abortion can also cause several side effects, including:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Risk of life-threatening sepsis
  • Cramping and abdominal pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever or chills which can indicate infection
  • Weakness and dizziness
  • Feelings of regret, anxiety, depression

Similarities And Differences

There are some similarities between Plan B vs. the abortion pill. Both are taken orally, which means no surgery. Both options can be found in pharmacies in many states. Both medications share many similar side effects, even if the purpose is different. 

In terms of differences, Plan B aims to prevent pregnancy while the abortion pill ends one. Medication abortions usually involve the need for medical supervision to avoid potentially life-threatening conditions. Emergency contraception (Plan B) is available over the counter whereas abortion pills must be prescribed by a licensed provider.

What To Know Before Taking Them

It’s important to be aware of the risks and side effects of any medication, especially when it comes to preventing or ending a pregnancy. Both of these options carry physical and emotional impacts that should be considered before making a decision. 
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