That’s a great question. Here’s a chart that may help you out, as people often get confused about these pills.
|The Abortion Pill:||The Morning-After Pill:|
|Method||An abortion method used to terminate an early pregnancy.||A method used to prevent pregnancy. It may cause a very early abortion if fertilization has already occurred.|
|Medication||Medications are Mifeprex® (mifepristone) and Cytotec® (misoprostol).||Medication is Plan B One-Step® (levonorgestrel).|
|When to take?||Must be taken within 49 days of when your last menstrual period began.||Must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.|
|Do I need a prescription?||Pills must be prescribed by a health care professional. At least three visits to your caregiver are needed, possibly more.||Depending on one’s age, the pill may be purchased without a prescription.|
|Will it prevent STDs?||Will not prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases.||Will not prevent sexually transmitted infections or diseases.|
If you have further questions about differences between the abortion pill and the morning-after pill, our expert team will be able to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call at 864-244-1434 .
Source: © 2009, 2012 Focus on the Family “Morning-After Pill” pamphlet.
Footnote 1: Mifeprex is a registered trademark of Danco Investors Group, Cytotec is a registered trademark of Searle & Co. and Plan B One-Step is a registered trademark of Women’s Capital Corporation.