Experiencing an unexpected pregnancy? An abortion can seem like a convient solution, especially with the abortion pill as an option. But did you know that not everyone is eligible for the abortion pill? Did you know the abortion pill can have severe side effects for some women? 

Here’s a snapshot of everything you need to know about the abortion pill. 

Are You Eligible For the Abortion Pill?

Do you remember when you had your last period? Determining whether or not you’re a candidate for the abortion pill begins with understanding how far along your pregnancy is. According to Mayo Clinic, the abortion pill is only effective within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy. So if you are more than 9 weeks pregnant, you will need to consider a surgical abortion. 

Other factors to consider are your past and present health history. Is your pregnancy ectopic (located outside of the uterus)? Do you have a history of use of blood thinners? If you answered yes to any of these scenarios, the abortion pill is not the safest option for you. It’s always important to speak with your health provider before beginning any kind of new medication – including the abortion pill.

How the Abortion Pill Works

The abortion pill is actually a combination of two separate drugs: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone from a woman’s uterus which is essential for a fetus to grow.

Misoprostol is step two of the abortion pill and causes uterine contractions which work to expel the fetus, thus completeing the abortion. 

Risks To Consider

As with any kind of medication, the abortion pill comes with it’s own set of risks and side effects you should be aware of. According to Mayo Clinic, potential risks of the abortion pill can include:

  • 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

Understanding Your Options

An unplanned pregnancy can leave you feeling isolated and overwhelmed. We want to partner with you as you explore all the options for your situation. Every service we offer is free of charge and completely confidential. 

You deserve the very best of care. Reach out to one of our team members today!