When you are experiencing an unplanned unexpected pregnancy, it is very common to consider abortion as one of your options. It is important to understand that abortion is a medical procedure. As with any medical procedure, you should gather all of the information about the procedure, risks and side effects associated with it before you decide to have it done. In this way, you can make a fully informed decision and be confident in your choice. That is why Aid for Women is your first step when considering abortion faced with an unexpected pregnancy.
I’m not ready to have a baby and am considering abortion. What are my options? What can I expect?
Morning-After Pill or Emergency Contraception (Plan B One-Step® and Ella®) | Up to 72 Hours
How does the morning-after pill work?
The morning-after pill can be taken during the first few hours or days following unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. Since the effects can occur after conception, emergency contraception pills may cause medical abortions.
Plan B One-Step and Ella are two commonly known emergency contraceptives. Plan B One-Step contains a large amount of levonorgestrel that is taken within 72 hours of intercourse. Ella contains ulipristal acetate, a drug in the same class as mifepristone, better known as the abortion pill or RU-486. Ella can be taken up to 5 days after intercourse. Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, both drugs may also work by delaying your normal ovulation process. Plan B One-Step and Ella Should not be taken if you think you are pregnant or used as a routine form of birth control.