Plan B vs Abortion Pill

Many people confuse the Plan B pill with the abortion pill, but they are not the same.

Plan B

Plan B, also referred to as the Morning After Pill (MAP). 

Plan B contains Levonorgestrel, a hormone that, depending on where you are in your cycle may disrupt your normal ovulation or prevent an egg from being fertilized. There is also evidence to suggest it may prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, which means it would end a pregnancy in the very early days after conception.

Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is actually a series of two pills taken to terminate a pregnancy during the first nine weeks of pregnancy. The first pill prevents your body from producing progesterone, the hormone that helps the body maintain a healthy pregnancy. When the progesterone is cut off, the lining of the uterus becomes thinner and the embryo detaches from the uterine wall. After this occurs, the second pill is taken, which contains misoprostol. Misoprostol contracts the uterus, causing it to expel the embryo, terminating your pregnancy.

The FDA requires that the abortion pill only be taken under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional. This is because of the strong nature of the drugs and the complications or side effects that can occur. 

They Are Different

It’s important for you to know that the abortion pill and Plan B are different medications for different situations. However, both can cause serious side effects and complications and can also be dangerous for some women with pre-existing conditions. They contain strong drugs that should only be taken under the supervision or advice of a licensed healthcare provider. It’s important that you know all the facts to protect your health and future.

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