What is the Abortion Pill?
How does it work?
The abortion pill must be distributed by a licensed healthcare professional under the guidelines of the FDA. The FDA requires one visit for the abortion pill process but the abortion provider should also schedule a follow up appointment.
1. The first office visit is to acquire the medication. The first pill is known by the brand name of Mifeprex. The medication in this pill will block a hormone called progesterone. By blocking this hormone the baby will die. It is normally administered while you are still in the medical office.
2. Twenty-four to forty-eight hours later you will take the second drug know as Misoprostol. This medicine is formulated to make the uterus contract and expel the baby.
3. You will then follow up with the abortion provider to confirm the abortion was complete. The failure rate of the abortion pill increases as the weeks of pregnancy increases.
What Can I Expect?
Information is lacking about the long-term mental health effects of a medical abortion. There is just not enough women reporting their experience of how they felt and how much they saw while giving themselves an at home abortion.
How do I decide?
You must make an informed decision. An informed decision would include knowing everything you can about your pregnancy, your options and their short and long term risks. As you start with knowing more about your pregnancy, the first question to get answered is viability? A viable pregnancy is one that is capable of developing. 10-15% of all known pregnancies are not viable and result in a natural miscarriage according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A viable pregnancy can only be confirmed through an ultrasound. It is also important to know how far along you are and if the pregnancy is located in the uterus. If the pregnancy is not located in the uterus you could have an ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo attaches outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube). Undergoing a medical abortion if you are carrying an ectopic pregnancy will not work. An ectopic pregnancy is an emergency medical condition and must be treated early. Finally, determining how far along you are is critical to knowing your options including whether the abortion pill is even an option.
Make an appointment today for pregnancy confirmation and pregnancy options education at Women’s Care Center by calling us at 304-485-7113. You can speak to a nurse if you have further questions about the information in this article.
If you have further questions about this article, you may call and speak with a nurse at our office. We do not refer for or perform abortions. However, we will answer your questions about all of your options.