You may be facing an unplanned pregnancy and thinking about having a medical abortion, otherwise known as the abortion pill.

It is important to get all of the information necessary to make an informed decision. This is a big decision to make, and you deserve to have all of the facts while weighing your options

Medical Abortion

A medical abortion consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents the embryo from implanting in the uterus, while misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels both the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina. This second medication is taken 24-48 hours after mifepristone. 

You may experience side effects after taking the abortion pill. Some of these side effects include:

  • Fever 
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache

Misoprostol can also cause side effects such as abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. 

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill does carry certain risks that you need to be aware of. According to the Mayo Clinic, these risks include: 

  • Infection
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort 
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the medical abortion does not work)

What to Do Before Taking the Abortion Pill?

There are certain things you will want to do before taking the abortion pill. You should share your complete health history with the provider, as well as any medications you are currently taking. 

You will also want to confirm how far along you are with an obstetrical ultrasound. This type of ultrasound can tell you your gestational age; the abortion pill is only FDA-approved within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. You will also want to check to see if your pregnancy is viable. 

You may not be eligible for the abortion pill if you have certain conditions. The Mayo Clinic states that you may not be able to have a medical abortion if you:

  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used
  • Have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus)
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Are too far along in your pregnancy
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or can’t access emergency care

Have More Questions?

If you have more questions about the abortion pill or would like to speak with someone about your pregnancy options, we are here for you! All of our services are free and confidential. 
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to walk this journey alone!

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