What is the difference between the RU486 and Morning After Pill?

What is the difference between the RU486 and Morning After Pill?



The Morning After Pill (Plan B)


Plan B can be purchased over the counter. It is essentially a high-dosage of birth control that can be taken up to 720 hours after unprotected sex. The pill can prevent pregnancy in 3 ways: altering the normal menstrual cycle, prevent an egg from being released, or if the egg has been fertilized, beginning a pregnancy, the ovum may not be able to implant in the uterine wall.


The Morning After Pill is about 89% effective. If implantation of fetus has already occurred, it will not “get rid of it.” It should not be used as a form of regular birth control. Potential side effects include: nausea, vomiting, headaches, breast tenderness, fatigue, and menstrual changes.





RU 486 (Abortion Pill)


The Abortion Pill can be taken up to 8 weeks of gestational age of fetus. This pill is only given at medical facilities. The procedure involves a series of two pills that must be taken in the early stages of pregnancy. The first pill prevents the progesterone in your body from working, shutting off the blood supply to the embryo. Two days later you will be required to return to the same medical facility for the second pill, which is prostaglandin. This pill induces labor. Severe cramping, bleeding, nausea and vomiting should be expected.


A final visit to the medical facility where you obtained RU 486 is needed to ensure the abortion has gone to completion. Up to 8-10% of all women require surgical abortions to complete the process. The cost can be up to $800.





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