Emergency Contraception And Medical Abortion

What’s the difference?

  Emergency Contraception
(or EC)
(Morning After Pill)
Abortion
Pill/
Medical Abortion
(Mifepristone/RU-486)
What Does It Do? Prevents
a pregnancy after intercourse
Ends
a pregnancy
When
Can I Use It?
Works
within 5 days of unprotected sex
Ends
pregnancies in the first 9 weeks
Brand
Names Of Pills
Plan
B
Mifeprex
What’s
In The Pills?
Plan
B contains the hormone progestin.
Consists
of the drug mifepristone, which is taken along with
another drug, misoprostol.
When
Do You Take It?
The
sooner EC is taken after an episode of unprotected
sex, the better it works. It works up to 5 days
after unprotected sex. The 2 pills can be taken
at one time.
An
abortion with RU-486 usually requires 2 visits to
the provider. On the first day, a woman takes mifepristone.
On the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day, the woman inserts misoprostol
in her vagina. It usually takes several hours for
the abortion to occur. A few days later she has
a follow-up visit with the provider.
What
Happens to Your Body?
Side
effects other than nausea are rare but can include
vomiting, fatigue,
headache, dizziness and breast pain. The next period sometimes
comes a few days early or a few days late.
Heavy
bleeding with clots is common during the abortion.
Afterwards, lighter bleeding with clots may last
1-2 weeks or more. The pain varies from mild to
very strong cramping off and on throughout the abortion.
Pain pills help.
How
Much Does It Cost?
The
average cost is between $20 and $40.
An
abortion with RU486 costs from $350 and up. The
exact cost depends on where you go for the procedure.
Most insurance plans now cover it.
How
Effective Is It?
Taken
correctly, EC reduces a woman’s chance of becoming
pregnant by 75 to 95%.
Success
rate is about 95-99%. When it fails, a suction
abortion is needed.
Do
You Have To Tell Your Parents?
No Parental
consent laws vary from state to state. To find
out
if parental consent laws apply in your state, visit
the Center for Reproductive Rights at www.reproductiverights.org
Insurance
Coverage
Insurance
plans that cover birth control pills usually cover

EC.


Many
insurance plans now cover medical abortion.
How
Do I Find It?
Ask
your health care provider or call (888) NOT-2-LATE or visit

www.not-2-late.com
For
the provider
closest to you,
call (800) 772-9100