The Abortion Pill - What Should I Know
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If you are looking for information about the abortion pill, your pregnancy may not have been planned. Please know, you are not alone. Nearly 45% of all pregnancies are unplanned according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  You are probably still working through the shock. However, It is important to base your pregnancy decision on accurate information. The information included in this article will provide an overview of the abortion pill. However, this article is for educational purposes and does not take the place of meeting with our medical staff. You will need to have your pregnancy confirmed. Pregnancy confirmation is a critical first step.
What is the Abortion Pill?
The most common medical abortion is known by several names including RU486, the drug names Mifepristone and Misoprostol, and simply the Abortion Pill. These drugs are approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for use in women up to 70 days (10 weeks) after their last menstrual period (LMP) as cited by the American Pregnancy Association.
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?
You can expect to have vaginal bleeding or spotting for an average of 9 to 16 days. However, if heavy bleeding occurs you will need to report this to your abortion provider and seek help. Heavy bleeding is bleeding that soaks through two thick, full-size sanitary pads per hour for two hours. Additional side effects include abdominal pain, severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, fever, and chills. Monitor your temperature because a fever can indicate the start of an infection. If you experience any of these symptoms beyond 24 hours, you will need to contact your abortion provider. Beyond 24 hours, these symptoms could be an indication of a serious infection, a failed abortion, or an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. Because of the potential for serious health risks, an abortion provider will typically schedule a follow-up. You need to keep this appointment.

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.

Make an appointment for pregnancy confirmation and pregnancy options education today by calling us at 304-485-7113

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.

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