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Difference between Emergency Contraception & Abortion Pill

The Important Questions

1. How does it work?

EC prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation. In other words, it keeps your body from releasing an egg.

AP stops pregnancy growth and stimulates the uterus to expel pregnancy.


 2. Does it cause an abortion?

EC (Plan B) DOES NOT cause an abortion. EC pills work to prevent pregnancy after sex and will not cause an abortion if pregnancy has already occurred.

AP, Yes most definitely.


3. When is it most effective?

EC should be taken as soon as possible within the first 72 hours after sex for best results.

AP can be taken at any point within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.


4. What are the side effects?

EC side effects may include: irregular bleeding, headaches, and nausea — but these symptoms can be minimized by taking the pills with food.

AP side effects includes bleeding and cramping, similar to a miscarriage, means the medication is working.



Emergency contraception stops the egg inside your body from being fertilised. When taken correctly, it prevents a pregnancy from taking place. 

An abortion is a termination of an egg that’s already been fertilised. It’s a medical procedure that’s carried out during a pregnancy. An abortion is to prevent a baby from being born after you’ve already gotten pregnant.

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