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What's the Difference Between Plan B and the Abortion Pill?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

There’s a lot of misinformation about the abortion pill and how it works. If you live in or near Queens, New York, we can provide you with a free nurse consultation and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

If you are considering abortion, make an appointment today for a free pre-termination evaluation.

Keep reading for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about RU-846 medical abortions.

Before Taking the Abortion Pill

  1. Determine how far along you are. The abortion pill is only effective for pregnancies below a certain age. If you are past a certain week, it may be too late for you to take the abortion pill. Ensure you aren’t putting yourself at risk by getting a free limited ultrasound first and finding out how far along you are.

  2. Make sure the pregnancy is viable. Approximately 15-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. It is important to first get an ultrasound to determine if the pregnancy is viable. Another reason an ultrasound is usually required, is to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. This occurs when the fertilized egg does not correctly move into the uterus. This can be a life-threatening condition and would need immediate action.

Commonly Asked Questions

  1. It’s officially called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000. Another name for RU-486 is a medical or chemical abortion.

  2. The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, and it’s taken in two separate doses. (One at the clinic and one at home.)

  3. It can cost anywhere between $300-$800 in New York City.

  4. The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step.

  5. Some insurance companies cover a portion of the cost.

  6. It is usually taken between 4-6 weeks but can be taken up to 11 weeks in most cases.

  7. Is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.

  8. Reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose.

RU-486 Side-Effects

  1. Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion*

  2. Heavy or prolonged bleeding

  3. Infection or septic shock

  4. Digestive system pain or discomfort

  5. Cramping ranging from moderate to heavy

  6. Fever

  7. Nausea or vomiting

*If you've recently taken one or two doses of the pill and are experiencing continued pain, contact us immediately.

If think you may need the abortion pill, come see us. We can provide a free ultrasound to determine if your pregnancy is viable and how far along you are. With several abortion methods available today, how far along you are will determine what is available and how much it will cost.

Learn more about the pill, how it works, and talk to a nurse about your medical history.

Make an appointment today. It’s quick, easy, and confidential.

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