woman curious about the abortion pill

There can be a lot of confusion regarding the abortion pill and Plan B. While both have to do with pregnancy, they serve very different functions and purposes. The abortion pill ends a pregnancy, whereas Plan B is an emergency birth control method used to prevent pregnancy from occurring.

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, talk with us at Ventura County Pregnancy Center. We’re here to offer you resources and free pregnancy services to help you make a confident decision.

Continue reading to learn more about the difference between the abortion pill and Plan B.

What Is Plan B?

Plan B, often referred to as the “morning-after pill,” is an emergency contraception that can be used within 72 hours after sexual intercourse.

Plan B is found in pharmacies without a prescription.

It doesn’t terminate an already existing pregnancy; instead, it works by postponing ovulation to prevent pregnancy from occurring.

What Is The Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion, is actually a series of two powerful drugs used to terminate an existing pregnancy.

Usually, a healthcare provider prescribes the drugs used for a medical abortion. You’ll take mifepristone at the clinic or doctor’s office, followed by taking misoprostol at home 24-48 hours after the first medication.

Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone, while misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy and related tissue from the uterus.

I’m Worried I Might Be Pregnant

If you’re concerned about the possibility of being pregnant, the only reliable way to know is to take a pregnancy test and get an ultrasound. At the Ventura County Pregnancy Center, we provide lab-quality pregnancy tests and ultrasound referrals at no cost.

Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy might seem daunting, but remember, you have support. We’re here to help. Get in touch with us today.

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