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What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

Maybe you are considering abortion as a pregnancy option. We understand how scary and confusing an unplanned pregnancy can feel. Be informed so you can make a pregnancy decision with clarity. With each abortion procedure comes serious side effects. The abortion pill is a series of two drugs that terminate a pregnancy. If you're considering this option, here is more about the risks and what to expect.

The Abortion Pill - How Does It Work? 

Also known as the abortion pill, medication abortion is a pregnancy termination method involving two different drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. Medication abortion is only recommended for women up to 10 weeks pregnant (first 70 days). Mifepristone and Misoprostol The first drug, mifepristone, works to block the womb from absorbing progesterone, a hormone produced during pregnancy. Blocking this hormone causes the uterine lining to thin, which prevents the embryo from implanting or growing. Secondly, misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and remove the pregnancy through the vagina. Mifepristone is normally dispensed at an abortion clinic, and misoprostol is taken at home within 24 to 48 hours later.

Side Effects and Risks of the Abortion Pill What are the side effects? 

The abortion pill (medication abortion) can cause serious side effects, including vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. They may also cause… 

● Nausea (with or without vomiting)
● Chills
● Diarrhea
● Headache
● Fever Some possible risks of medication abortion to consider before making a final decision include:
● Incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
● An ongoing unwanted pregnancy (if the procedure doesn't work)
● Heavy and prolonged bleeding
● Digestive system discomfort
● Infection
● Fever 

According to the Mayo Clinic, "having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences." Be sure of all the risks and side effects before moving forward with an abortion.

Verify Your Pregnancy

It's important to confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound. Through an ultrasound, you'll learn how far along you are, which will determine what abortion options you are eligible for. It will also alert you to any pregnancy complications. Schedule a free and confidential pregnancy confirmation appointment today to learn your options. Same-day appointments and walk-ins whenever available.

Sources: "The Availability and Use of Medication Abortion." KFF, https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/fact-sheet/the-availability-and-use-of-medication-abortion/. "Medical Abortion." Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687.

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