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Emergency Contraception – Is emergency contraception the same thing as the “abortion pill?”

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 04-12-2006

Is emergency contraception the same thing as the “abortion pill?”


 


No. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,, emergency contraception can only keep a woman from becoming pregnant. It works one of three ways:



  • By keeping the egg from leaving the ovary
  • By keeping the sperm from meeting the egg
  • By keeping the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus (womb)

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the abortion pill (Mifeprex, also called RU-486) works after a woman becomes pregnant (after a fertilized egg has attached to the uterus).  The abortion pill makes the uterus force out the egg, ending the pregnancy.


 


Also See:


 


·       What are the types of emergency contraception?


·       How will my spouse get emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs)?


·       Can my spouse get emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) before she needs them?


·       Will ECPs protect my spouse from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?


·       What does my spouse need to do after she takes emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs)?


·       Does emergency contraception work all the time?


·       Will it harm the baby if my spouse took emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) that did not work?


·       What is emergency contraception (or emergency birth control)?