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

Plan B is emergency contraception designed to be taken within hours of having unprotected sex. The abortion pill ends an early pregnancy up to 70 days. Learning more about each option can help you determine the next best step for your health. Here’s what you need to know.

Is Plan B the Same As the Abortion Pill?

If you’ve recently had unprotected sex and aren’t hoping to be pregnant, you may be wondering if you need the abortion pill or Plan B. 

It’s important to know that Plan B and the abortion pill are not the same. They have different ingredients, and they are taken in different situations. 

What is Plan B?

Plan B is also called the morning-after pill because it is intended to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex, up to 72 hours later. Its purpose is to prevent a pregnancy from starting. 

There are a few different types of emergency contraception. Plan B uses a drug called levonorgestrel.


Plan B does not always work to prevent pregnancy. It’s not recommended for routine use, and it doesn’t protect against STIs. Like any medication, it may have side effects, and it may not be suitable for you, depending on your own unique health situation. 

If you have questions about Plan B or if you need STD/STI information, we can help. Text us at (520) 221-3530 – our services are free and confidential.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill is actually a combination of two separate drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, that are taken at two separate times. Its purpose is to end an established pregnancy that is up to ten weeks along. 


As with Plan B, the abortion pill has risks and side effects. If you’re considering the abortion pill, it’s crucial to first confirm how far along you are in your pregnancy as well as to know whether or not your pregnancy is ectopic. 

These conditions impact whether or not you are eligible to take the abortion pill. This can be learned through an ultrasound exam. If you’re not sure if you’re pregnant, contact us for a free pregnancy test in Benson. We may also be able to assist you with a free ultrasound.

What To Do When You Think You Might Be Pregnant

If your birth control failed or you think you might be pregnant for any other reason, take a deep breath. We get it, and we’re here for you. 

Call or text us today for free and confidential support!

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