When it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancy, there can be quite a bit of confusion. Between birth control, Plan B, and the abortion pill, there are various medical approaches to avoid becoming a parent when you don’t feel prepared.
However, each option is very different, so we’re here to help clear the air and answer important questions related to birth control or “the Pill,” and other means of preventing and ending a pregnancy.
What is the Birth Control Pill?
The birth control pill, also known as “the Pill,” is a medication taken to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation through an introduction of estrogen and progesterone. Ovulation is the process by which an ovary releases an egg. In order to become pregnant, there must be an egg present for sperm to fertilize. If birth control is being taken as directed, pregnancy should not occur.
Is Taking a lot of Birth Control the Same Thing as Taking the Abortion Pill?
No, taking a lot of birth control will not end a pregnancy.
The abortion pill is a chemical form of abortion used within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. It utilizes two pills to end and expel a pregnancy from the uterus.
While birth control introduces estrogen and progesterone, the abortion pill process uses the drug Mifepristone to stop the body from producing progesterone. Without progesterone, the pregnancy will not be able to continue. A second drug, Misoprostol, is then taken to cause cramping and expel a pregnancy from the uterus
In short, birth control is designed to prevent a sexually active woman from becoming pregnant, while the abortion pill terminates a pregnancy.
Can I Overdose on Birth Control Pills?
While taking a lot of birth control pills is not the same thing as the abortion pill, it is possible to overdose.
Overdoses on birth control pills pose serious health risks, as they may result in breast tenderness, drowsiness, vaginal bleeding, headaches, mood swings, nausea, rashes, and discolored urine. In the case of a birth control overdose, call poison control immediately.
Is Birth Control the Same Thing as “Plan B”?
Birth control is not the same as “Plan B,” also known as “the morning-after pill.” Plan B is considered an emergency contraceptive taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. It prevents an already released egg from being fertilized by sperm, or by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.
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