Plan B vs Plan C: What You Need to Know
Updated: Dec 2, 2022
In the season of virtual medicine, you may have a lot of questions about telemedicine, TelAbortion, and access to the abortion pill without having to see a doctor. If you are looking for information about abortion procedures, the abortion pill, and what your pregnancy options are right now – we can help.
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What is Plan C?
We are probably all familiar with Plan B, the morning-after pill that is used as an emergency contraceptive. Plan C, however, is a campaign to tell people about abortion pills, what they are, and how they’re used. If you are pregnant and looking for abortion information, take the time you need to make an informed, safe, and healthy decision.
Can I get an abortion without seeing a doctor? Are self-managed or at-home abortions safe?
TelAbortion is a relatively new term. Getting an abortion used to always require a visit to a clinic or doctor, but in the age of telemedicine, abortion access has been extended to online ordering as well.
While you can get abortion pills online, if you don’t meet the criteria of the FDA’s clearance of a medication abortion, there are inherent risks involved.
That’s why no matter how convenient zoom meetings and online ordering are, we recommend an in-person medical consultation and an ultrasound before you decide. Your health and safety are our priority. You will also be better prepared and informed on what can happen and who to contact if an emergency arises.
The abortion pill (also known as a medication, medical or chemical abortion) isn’t an option if you:
Are too far along in your pregnancy. You shouldn’t attempt a medical abortion if you’ve been pregnant for more than nine weeks after the start of your last menstrual period. Occasionally, a medical abortion is not recommended after seven weeks of pregnancy.
Have an intrauterine device (IUD).
Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy).
Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications.
Can’t make follow-up visits to your doctor or don’t have access to emergency care.
Have an allergy to the medications used.
At your consultation, you can talk to a nurse about your medical history and explore all your options.
What do I need to know about the abortion pill? How much does it cost?
Officially named RU-486, the pill is actually two drugs and it’s taken in two separate doses. Mifepristone, the first dose, is taken at the clinic and Misoprostol, is usually taken at home.
It is available for most people who are 4-7 weeks pregnant, but it can be taken up to 70 after your last menstrual period. Because the drug Misoprostol is what begins the process of expelling the pregnancy, reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose. The abortion pill can cost anywhere between $400-$800.
Make an appointment today to learn more about the types of abortion by trimester, determine how far along you are, and talk to our staff about your abortion and your pregnancy options.
How does the abortion pill work? What else do I need to know?
It works by inducing contractions to expel the contents of your uterus, putting your body into early labor. Some side effects include heavy bleeding, cramps, contractions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, fever, and infections.
In some cases, abortion pills, even if taken correctly, may not work. If you have recently taken the abortion pill and are still pregnant, come see us.
Why do I need an ultrasound first?
An ultrasound is the only method that can 100% confirm your pregnancy, determine viability and how far along you are. Abortion costs vary depending on gestation and the abortion pill is FDA-cleared to up to 70 days counting from the first day of your LMP.
The risks, complications, and need for medical attention increases as the pregnancy advances. An ultrasound can also rule out an ectopic pregnancy. Abortions pills do not work if the pregnancy is outside of the uterus.
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Confirm your pregnancy, get the facts, and explore all your pregnancy options in a safe, confidential environment. All our services are offered at no cost to you. Because we do not financially benefit from any decision that you make, we do not perform or refer for abortion, TelAbortions, or the abortion pill. Contact us to learn more.
References: https://americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-pill/ https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3766037/