Are you considering the abortion pill as you take in the news of an unplanned pregnancy? Maybe you feel pressure from your partner or a family member. Know that it’s ultimately your decision to make. The abortion pill is a two-drug method of abortion, terminating an existing pregnancy. 

It’s essential to consider the risks that come with this significant decision. This blog will share all you need to know about the abortion pill and the risks, so you can make an informed choice.

What is The Abortion Pill?

Frequently known as the abortion pill, medical abortion involves two different abortion drugs that terminate a pregnancy. According to the FDA, only women through 70 days gestation qualify for medical abortion. 

First, mifepristone is taken, which blocks the womb from absorbing progesterone and prevents the embryo from growing. Second, misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and release the pregnancy through the vagina. 

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

There are both risks and side effects to the abortion pill. Make sure to follow up with a doctor after medical abortion. Consider these abortion pill risks before making your final decision:

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

Some side effects of the drugs used in medical abortion can cause abdominal cramping and may also cause:

  • Nausea
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Am I Eligible?

Surprisingly, you may not be eligible for the abortion pill (medical abortion) if you aren’t pregnant, are only eligible for surgical abortion, or have complications with your pregnancy.

You must first confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to confirm these details. Confirm your pregnancy’s viability, how far along you are, and the location of your pregnancy with an ultrasound. An ultrasound will also alert you to any pregnancy complications like miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. 

Schedule a no-cost and confidential pregnancy confirmation appointment today to get the answers you need to take your next step forward. We are here for you!