If you’ve recently had unprotected sex or the condom broke, you might be feeling anxious about the possibility of pregnancy.

Emergency contraception is any birth control used after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g., a broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy.

Commonly sold as Plan B One-Step and ella®, these emergency contraceptives may reduce the chance of pregnancy. These medications supposedly work in several possible ways: Delaying ovulation, blocking sperm from joining with an egg, or preventing a fertilized egg from implanting – some may consider this a very early abortion.1,2,3,4

Emergency contraception does not prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and there are potential risks and side effects to be considered.4

What’s the Difference Between Emergency Contraception and the Abortion Pill?

Medical abortion, also called “the abortion pill,” involves taking two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. These drugs work together to end a pregnancy by blocking the womb from absorbing progesterone. They also cause the uterus to contract and expel the embryo through the vagina.

The abortion pill is only recommended for women up to 70 days into pregnancy. 

To determine if you are eligible for the abortion pill, confirm your pregnancy and learn how far along you are with lab-quality pregnancy testing AND an ultrasound. We offer both of these pregnancy confirmation services for no cost.

On the other hand, emergency contraception is designed to prevent pregnancy in the first 72 hours after sexual intercourse. The two medications are not interchangeable and come with their own unique risks and side effects.

To learn more about emergency contraception, its risks, & side effects, schedule your confidential consultation.

We’re here for you as you navigate a potential unplanned pregnancy. Contact us today to get the answers and information you need. We never want you to feel alone on this journey.