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Parenting, adoption, and abortion — these are the three options available when facing an unplanned pregnancy. While each option seems relatively black and white, there are a lot of factors at play when it comes to deciding which option is best for you. Continue reading to learn more about the abortion pill!

Here at True Care Women’s Resource Center, we believe all women are entitled to information and knowledge on each of their options so that they can make a truly informed and empowered choice!

When it comes to making a decision to have an abortion, there’s a lot to consider. While all abortions result in a terminated pregnancy, there are various types of abortions and it’s important to know which process you’ll be eligible for.

If you’re considering having an abortion in the first 11 weeks of gestation, you’re likely considering taking the abortion pill. If you have any unanswered questions about the pill itself or the processes involved in taking it, you’re in the right place!

 

What is the abortion pill and how does it work?

 

The abortion pill is a two-step process of ending a pregnancy through chemical means. While it’s called the abortion “pill,” it’s actually two pills — Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Pills representing the Abortion Pill

The first drug, Mifepristone, inhibits the growth of the pregnancy by blocking the natural production of the hormone progesterone, which ultimately ends in the termination of the pregnancy.

The second pill, Misoprostol, is typically given to women to take at home where they will complete the abortion. Misoprostol causes contractions in the uterus and forces it to expel the pregnancy.

 

Are there side effects?

 

Yes, there are side effects of the abortion pill. Women can expect to experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, cramping, and heavy bleeding. Bleeding will include the passing of large blood clots, typically around the size of a golf ball, which will include the pregnancy tissue.

In addition to these common side effects, women should consider the potential risks and complications that can arise as a result of taking these pills. These include incomplete abortions, infections, hemorrhaging, and long-term mental health issues.

 

What should I do before taking It?

 

Before you take the abortion pill, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy through lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound scan and talk with a qualified healthcare professional about any potential side-effects and risks.

Schedule these important pregnancy screenings at True Care Women’s Resource Center today!

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