You may have questions about your pregnancy or potential pregnancy that you need answers to. It’s vital to understand the difference between the abortion pill and Plan B before taking either medication.

If you are pregnant and not sure what’s next, keep reading to learn more about each procedure and the risks/side effects that come along with them.  

The Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)

Medical abortion, also called “the abortion pill,” includes two different drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. These drugs work together to end a pregnancy by blocking the womb from absorbing progesterone and causing the uterus to contract and expel the embryo through the vagina.

The abortion pill is only recommended for women up to 70 days along in pregnancy. 

To determine if you are eligible for the abortion pill, first, confirm your pregnancy and learn how far along you are with lab-quality pregnancy testing AND an ultrasound. We offer both of these pregnancy confirmation services for no cost.

The risks of the abortion pill 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

Plan B

Did you recently have unprotected sex and are worried you’re pregnant? Also known as levonorgestrel and the morning-after pill, Plan B is a drug that prevents pregnancy. Normally this drug is taken right after unprotected sex for the most effective results. 

Though this emergency contraception prevents some pregnancies, it’s not always effective. 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

To learn whether or not you are pregnant and receive information about the next steps if so, schedule a free and confidential appointment at Pregnancy Resources of Abilene today. You can talk with our compassionate team about what’s next and all your options. You are not alone!