I am a little over 4 weeks pregnant. What can I do? Will the “day after pill” work or do I need to get a medical abortion?

The morning-after pill will not work if you’re already pregnant. The morning-after pill, also known as emergency contraception (EC) helps prevent pregnancy; medication abortion terminates pregnancy.

EC is effective when started within 120 hours (five days) of unprotected sex. The sooner it’s started, the better. EC prevents a pregnancy before it occurs. Pregnancy begins when a fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus.

Abortion ends an existing pregnancy. Within the first 63 days of pregnancy, women have two options for ending a pregnancy. Women can use the abortion pill and have the abortion at home, or they can have an in-clinic abortion. The abortion pill ends a pregnancy with medicine. In-clinic abortions are done with vacuum aspiration. It’s a way to end pregnancy by emptying the uterus with gentle suction. It can be done anytime in the first trimester.

Contact your local Planned Parenthood health center to schedule an appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center near you.