The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill method terminates a pregnancy with drugs. It is also known as a medical abortion. It’s essential to get all the facts surrounding your pregnancy, the abortion pill method, side effects, and potential risks.

How Does The Abortion Pill Work?

A woman typically takes the abortion pill at home after being prescribed through a hospital or abortion clinic. Despite the name, it is actually a series of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol.

First, mifepristone is taken to block the pregnancy hormone progesterone. Then, a woman takes misoprostol 24-48 hours later to cause uterine contractions and expel the pregnancy from the uterus.

The abortion pill is FDA-approved through ten weeks gestation (how far along you are in your pregnancy).

Am I Eligible?

There are a variety of circumstances where taking the abortion pill isn’t an option. Some of these situations include if you:

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy.
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
  • Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus. This is called ectopic pregnancy.
  • Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used.

What Are The Side Effects And Risks?

After taking the abortion pill drugs, you will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Other side effects may include:

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

The abortion pill is a serious medical procedure that comes with risks like any medical procedure. These include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Get No-Cost Pregnancy Services

Fayette PRC can get you all the information you need to know about the abortion pill and offer you no-cost pregnancy services to help you make a decision you can be confident about.

You can get no-cost pregnancy testing and, if you qualify, an ultrasound. An ultrasound is the most accurate way to determine how far along you are, the pregnancy’s location, and confirm if it is growing or if you have miscarried.

You can schedule a confidential appointment in a safe environment today.