Is the Morning After Pill an Abortion Pill?

Is the morning after pill an abortion pill? The simple answer is: “No.” Often, people confuse the morning after pill and the abortion pill or use the terms interchangeably. However, the morning after pill and the abortion pill are different drugs which perform completely separate functions.

The morning after pill, commonly known as Plan B One-Step, is taken BEFORE a woman is pregnant to stop a pregnancy from happening. Plan B One-Step’s website explains that the strong dose of levonorgestrel (a hormone found in birth control pills) “works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary” and “may also prevent fertilization of the egg.” The morning after pill is available without a prescription in California.

The abortion pill is used AFTER a confirmed pregnancy. It requires that your pregnancy be officially verified, which is best done by an ultrasound. It also requires a prescription.  While called the abortion pill, it is really a two-drug regimen of Mifepristone and Misoprostol. The FDA has only approved this regimen to terminate a pregnancy of up to 10 weeks when prescribed and used under medical care.

If you are pregnant and have questions about whether the morning after pill is an abortion pill or if you would like to verify your pregnancy, our professional and knowledgeable nurses are available to help you in our three Bay Area medical clinics.