What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

Have you been considering the abortion pill for your unplanned pregnancy? The abortion pill may seem like an easy, pain-free solution, but it’s wise to learn about the risks before deciding. In this article, we’ll highlight how the abortion pill works, who is eligible for this type of pregnancy termination, and the risks associated with the abortion pill.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill uses two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate an early pregnancy.

It’s important to note that women should only take abortion medication prescribed by their doctor or healthcare provider. Drugs ordered online may not be FDA-approved or have the quality necessary to terminate a pregnancy effectively. 

For the abortion pill method, you take mifepristone first to block progesterone from reaching the pregnancy.  Without progesterone, the pregnancy is terminated. About 24 hours later, you take misoprostol which causes strong, uterine contractions to expel the pregnancy. 

Am I Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

You might be surprised to learn the abortion pill is only recommended as an effective means of termination for women under 10 weeks pregnant

If you’re unsure exactly when you conceived, local centers like Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center provide free ultrasounds for women who’ve recently had a positive pregnancy test. An ultrasound is the only sure way to know how far along your pregnancy is. 

Risks to Be Aware of

Side effects and risks are rare when it comes to the abortion pill, but understanding what’s possible can help you decide what’s right for your future. The following are risks associated with the abortion pill: 

  • 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

Choosing What’s Best for You

During this time of uncertainty, you need to consider all your options. Don’t feel pressured into deciding about your pregnancy just to find a quick resolution. 

The choices you make today will impact you tomorrow. Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center is here to provide no or low-cost care to women struggling with an unwanted pregnancy. Schedule an appointment for free and confidential services today.