Are the morning after pill and abortion pill different?

You had sex and there’s a chance that you could become pregnant–if you’ve ever needed emergency contraceptive, it’s now! Good thing you have options!

The Morning After Pill

The morning after pill is a form of hormonal contraception that can be taken up to five days (!) after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It’s not an abortion! This pill simply prevents or delays ovulation and/or interferes with sperm movement and implantation … meaning the sperm never gets the chance to fertilize your egg. *Whew!*

The morning after pill is taken as a one-time dose. You can get it at many health departments (including the Teen Health Center here in Macon) or over the counter at many drug stores. The sooner you take it after unprotected sex, the better the chances of preventing pregnancy.

Fun Fact: The Teen Health Center can provide the morning after pill to you for free!

The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill, on the other hand, is used to end a pregnancy, and it’s not available at the health department or the drug store. You can only get the abortion pill if you are confirmed pregnant, and can only be prescribed by a specially trained healthcare provider.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Bet you didn’t realize–getting an IUD can actually work as emergency contraception, too! IUDs are temporary devices that are placed in your uterus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. If you have an IUD placed shortly after having unprotected sex, it can also help prevent pregnancy. IUDs must be placed by a trained healthcare provider, and are available here at the Teen Health Center.

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