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New England Women's Centers

Questions and answers on

The Abortion Pill

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frequently asked questions

what is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is actually a combination of two medications taken in two separate doses. The abortion pill goes by many names including medical abortion, medication abortion, chemical abortion, plan C, 10-week-after pill, and others.​
who is eligible for the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is FDA-approved up through 11 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period. The abortion pill is not an option for people with certain medical conditions or if the pregnancy occurs outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy). This should be confirmed via ultrasound.

how does it work?

The first pill blocks a hormone that is essential for a pregnancy to continue. The second causes the uterus to expel the embryo by inducing early labor. 

is it similar to morning-after pills?

No, the abortion pill should never be used as emergency contraception. Abortion pills terminate an existing pregnancy.

what else should I know?

It's important to have an ultrasound performed prior to taking abortion pills. An ultrasound is the only way to confirm how far along you are and if the pregnancy is occurring inside the uterus. Due to health and safety risks, ordering online is not advised by the FDA.

New England Women's Centers

New England Women's Centers help connect you to free women's centers in Vermont and New Hampshire. The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be substituted for medical or legal advice. We provide limited information on abortion and health and safety suggestions during an unexpected pregnancy.

The centers and locations we refer to provide consultations on all pregnancy options, including abortion, information on risks and side effects, limited pregnancy, and sexual health services. They do not provide or refer for abortion services.  To learn more about the list of services, contact the center or clinic directly. 

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