EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION AND MEDICATION ABORTION:
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
(EC or Morning After Pill)
|Abortion Pill /|
|What Does It Do?||Prevents a pregnancy after unprotected sex - it's contraception (birth control).||Ends a pregnancy - it's an abortion.|
|Names of Pills||Plan B One-Step®, Next Choice®, ella®, and others.||Mifepristone (Mifeprex®)
|What’s In The Pills?||Most brands of EC contain the progestin levonorgestrel, one of the hormones found in daily birth control pills.
ella® contains a different hormone, ulipristal, which is not in regular birth control pills.
|Mifepristone stops a pregnancy from growing.
Misoprostol causes cramping and bleeding to make the pregnancy come out of the uterus.
|When Do You Take It?||Levonorgestrel: The sooner you take levonorgestrel pills, the better it works. It works up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Some packs contain 1 pill, and some packs contain 2 pills. The 2 pills can be taken together.
Ulipristal (ella®): works just as well 5 days after sex as it does the first day.
|It works in early pregnancy, up to 9 weeks after your last period. Your health care provider gives you one pill to swallow in the office. You take the second medicine at home.|
|What Happens to Your Body?||Most women don't experience side effects from EC. Some women have nausea, vomiting, headache, or dizziness for a short time after taking the pills. The next period may come a few days early or late.
||After taking the first pill, most women feel fine. After using the second medication at home, women have heavy bleeding, often with clots. This lasts for a couple of hours. Cramps vary from mild to strong.|
|How Much Does It Cost?||EC costs about $35 - $60 for one pack.||The exact cost depends on where you go for care. It is generally several hundred dollars.|
|Insurance Coverage||Some insurance plans cover EC. In some states, Medicaid covers it.||Many insurance plans now cover medication abortion. In some states, Medicaid covers it.|
|How Do You Find It?||Levonorgestrel is available at a pharmacy without a prescription for anyone who is 17 and older. Women under 17 need a prescription to get it.
Ulipristal is only available with a prescription.
Ask your health care provider or visit www.not-2-late.com
|You must get it from a health care provider in their office, not at a pharmacy. You may be able to get it from your primary care provider. If not, call (800) 772-9100, or go to www.prochoice.org/pregnant to find a medication abortion provider in your area.|