The Abortion Pill FAQs: 3 Thing to Know

What is the difference between Plan B and the abortion pill? What happens to my body when I take the abortion pill? How do I get the abortion pill? We hear these questions in our clinics almost daily. If you have questions about the abortion pill, read on to learn more about what it is and what it does.

Is the abortion pill the same thing the morning-after pill (Plan B)?

No, the abortion pill is not the same thing as the morning-after pill. The morning-after pill is designed to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation and/or fertilization of an egg. It is a form of emergency contraception that is designed to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

The abortion pill is designed to end pregnancy. The pill contains mifepristone and misoprostol. These medications block hormones that help babies grow in the womb and cause the uterus to contract, resulting in a medical abortion. The abortion pill can only be taken prior to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

What happens when I take the abortion pill?

The abortion pill is actually two medications administered on two different occasions. The first medication, mifepristone, blocks a pregnancy hormone called progesterone. This leads the lining of the uterus to break down and end the life of the developing baby.

The second medication, misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract and expel the developing baby. It usually takes 24-48 hours. After this medication is administered, women experience strong cramping and heavy bleeding.

After the medications have been taken, there is a third clinic visit to confirm that the abortion was successful. If not successful or if not all the parts were expelled, a life-threatening infection could occur if not treated immediately.

I think I want the abortion pill. What should I do next?

If you are considering the abortion pill, it is important to educate yourself so you can make a confident decision. Please give us a call or schedule an online appointment. Our compassionate advocates and medical staff don’t perform abortions, but will talk with you about all of your options and will administer a lab-quality pregnancy test and/or sonogram to see how far along you are. Appointments at Thrive Women’s Clinic are always no-cost, judgement-free, and confidential.

Have other questions we didn’t answer? Contact us to schedule an appointment today. From Oak Cliff to Garland and Addison to Park Cities, our four clinics will offer a convenient location for you.