You could be thinking about taking the abortion pill after finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant. Maybe you feel pressure from your partner or think abortion is your only option.
Wherever you are in your decision-making process, we want to offer the information you need to make a confident decision. The abortion pill consists of two drugs that work to terminate a pregnancy. In this blog, we want to share what that process looks like and the risks.
How does The Abortion Pill Work?
The abortion pill (also called medication abortion) involves taking two drugs to end a pregnancy. The first drug, mifepristone, blocks the womb from absorbing progesterone and prevents the embryo from implanting or growing. The second drug, misoprostol, is taken 24 hours later, which causes the uterus to contract and release the pregnancy through the vagina.
The FDA only recommends a woman through 70 days of gestation take the abortion pill. Otherwise, a surgical abortion is the other option.
What Are the Risks?
You deserve to know and understand the potential physical risks of taking the abortion pill. Possible abortion pill (medication abortion) risks include:
- An incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
It’s vital to understand the details of your pregnancy before moving forward with abortion for the safety of your health. Every woman should undergo lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to determine what’s next.
An ultrasound is necessary to confirm how far along you are, any potential health concerns, and the location of your pregnancy. Determine these details of your pregnancy with our free pregnancy services at Women’s Care Center today. Our team offers education on all your pregnancy options.