Many people think that the Morning After Pill (MAP/Plan B) is the abortion pill; however, this is not so. The Morning After Pill (Plan B) is taken shortly after intercourse while the Abortion Pill (RU-486/Plan C) is taken up to several weeks after. You can learn more about the Abortion Pill (RU-486/Plan C) in an earlier blog.
The Morning After Pill (Plan B) is considered a method of contraception which works to block a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. If this fails, MAP works to thin the lining of the uterus to expel the fertilized egg from the uterus thus ending the pregnancy.
The Risks and Side Effects:
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Cramping or Lower Abdominal Pain
- Breast Tenderness
If you think you might be pregnant, and this was not what you planned or wanted to happen,
- Ultrasound –
1. To assess for miscarriage indicators
2. To confirm how far along you are and
3. To confirm if the pregnancy is developing in the uterus
- Options Counseling – Time with trained staff and medical team to discuss the results of your ultrasound and the options available to you