August 18, 2023

What is Plan C?

Most people have heard of Plan B, the morning-after pill, which can be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy (or end an unwanted one if fertilization has already happened). But many people are unaware that there is a second abortion option that can be used in early weeks of pregnancy to end a nonviable pregnancy: Plan C. This is a combination of two medications—mifepristone and misoprostol—that is FDA-approved for use in the first trimester, or up to 11 weeks into pregnancy.

Taking the pills can result in heavy bleeding and clots, which is normal, and it may be uncomfortable. But the bleeding should stop after a day or two, and the pain should get better with ibuprofen. If you have a fever, or your pain is more severe or doesn't improve after a few days, call a doctor. It's possible that you have a pelvic infection or have an allergic reaction to the medications, which requires emergency medical care.

Some people seeking a home abortion have turned to a website called Aid Access, which is an online telemedicine service that provides abortion pills by mail. But according to Johnny Lin, founder of the tracker blocking app Lockdown Privacy, it appears that this site, like others, shares visitors' IP addresses, the URLs they visit -- including those of other websites and social media platforms—and unique identifiers with Facebook and Google. That information is then used to optimize and retarget ads on those visitors' Facebook and Google accounts.


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