Is medication abortion the same thing as emergency contraception (like Plan B)?
In short, the answer is no. The abortion pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) are very effective to end a pregnancy, but they cannot be used to prevent a future pregnancy.
- If you have unprotected sex or the condom breaks, you can use emergency contraception (EC), also known as the morning-after pill or Plan B. EC can help stop you from getting pregnant if taken within 3 days of unprotected sex. You can get EC from the drugstore or from a healthcare facility.
It is important to know that you can become pregnant again almost immediately after using the abortion pills. For this reason, it is recommended to use condoms or another form of birth control if you don’t want to get pregnant.
- You can get condoms, female condoms, sponges, and spermicide at your drugstore. Condoms are the only method that protect against sexually transmitted infections.
- There are many different birth control options available - including pills, the patch, the vaginal ring, and many more. The implant and the IUD are great options, too. Here's a good resource to explore your birth control options.
- If you're interested in starting birth control, discuss this with your Hey Jane provider - they will happily answer any questions and send a prescription for you.
- You can also go to this link to connect with a provider near you.
- You can start birth control on the date you and your provider decide, even if you're bleeding.