The Abortion Pill (RU-486) vs. The Morning After Pill

abortion pill and the morning after pill

A lot of people think the Abortion Pill (RU-486/Plan C) and the Morning After Pill (Plan B) are the same thing. However, these pills differ in procedure and time administered.

The Abortion Pill (RU-486/Plan C)  is a two-pill process meant to end a pregnancy by cutting off the supply of progesterone to the pregnancy. It then expels the human fetus from the uterus after it has attached to the uterine wall.

The Morning After Pill (Plan B) works to block a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. If this fails, the Morning After Pill works to thin the lining of the uterus to expel the human fetus from the uterus, thus ending the pregnancy. The Morning After Pill is to be taken before a woman even knows if she is actually pregnant injecting hormones into her body possibly unnecessarily.

Common side effects of the Morning After Pill (Plan B) and the Abortion Pill (RU-486/Plan C):


The Abortion Pill (RU-486/Plan C)

-Heavy Bleeding

-Large Blood Clots (sometimes the size of a lemon)


-Nausea or Vomiting / Diarrhea

-Cramping or Lower Abdominal Pain

-Severe Pelvic Pain / Infection

-Tiredness or Weakness / Back Pain


The Morning After Pill (Plan B)

-Nausea or Vomiting




-Cramping or Lower Abdominal Pain


-Breast Tenderness


With an abortion procedure, emotional side effects such as a sense of loss, grief, suicidal thoughts and trauma can be present. If you find yourself experiencing these emotional side effects and are in need of help, Your Options Medical offers post-abortion support. Visit or contact us for additional resources.

If you decide that you no longer want to go through with the abortion pill procedure, it is possible to stop the process!  For more information see, What is Abortion Pill Reversal?

These medications differ in procedure and date administered, but they do have similar side effects. If you would like to learn more, please contact Your Options Medical. If you think you might be pregnant and are considering RU-486 (Plan C) the Abortion Pill, set up an appointment with Your Options Medical today. We can help answer your questions, confirm whether you are pregnant, and help you determine how best to proceed.


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