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Morning After Pill

Before considering the "morning after pill" or the RU486 abortion pill you should understand what it could mean for your health and welfare.

What is it?

The “morning after pill” is a high dosage of birth control pills meant to prevent pregnancy. Also called Plan B, the pill is taken after unprotected intercourse.

How does it work?

The hormone in the morning-after pill works by keeping a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs — ovulation. It l also prevent pregnancy by thickening a woman's cervical mucus. The mucus blocks sperm and keeps it from joining with an egg. The hormone also thins the lining of the uterus. In theory, this could prevent pregnancy by keeping a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.

Things to think about:

Morning After Pill

Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.

  • Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The most common side effects in the Pill clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and menstrual changes.
  • The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive and may increase the risk for ectopic pregnancy which is a potentially life threatening condition.

RU486 also know as "Abortion Pill."

What is it and how does it work?

This pill consist of two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol which causes early abortion. RU486 should not be used more than 49 days since your last period. It is not the same as the "Morning After Pill." The first pill, Mifepristone is taken orally and blocks the hormone, progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second pill, Misoprostol, is inserted into the vagina 24-72 hours later, if the abortion has not occured, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo,

Things to think about:

  • An RU-486 abortion requires three visits to a healthcare provider
  • Most medical abortions using Mifepristone are completed within 2 weeks, but can take up to 3 or 4 weeks.
  • Side effects include: heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps.
    If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required.

 

Source: Manufacturer's Prescribing Information for Plan B (Levonorgestrel) tablets, 0.75 mg. Mfg. by Gedeon Richter, Ltd., Budapest, Hungary for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pomona, NY 10970. Revised August 2009. BR-038 / 21000382503

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