The abortion pill, also known as medical abortion, is not an easy and painless process. Side effects of the abortion pill include fever, abdominal cramps, or heavy bleeding.

Keep reading to learn more about the abortion pill process and what risks and side effects to expect.

The Abortion Pill Explained

The medical abortion process consists of two different drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. They work together to terminate an existing pregnancy.

First, mifepristone works to block the hormone progesterone, which thins the lining of the uterus and prevents the embryo from remaining implanted and growing. Second, misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through the vagina.

Risks & Side Effects of the Abortion Pill

Possible risks of medical abortion (the abortion pill) include:

  • 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

Possible side effects of the abortion pill (medical abortion) include the following:

  • Vaginal bleeding (this always occurs)
  • Abdominal cramping (this always occurs)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Before Your Pregnancy Decision

Before any pregnancy decision, you must verify key details to protect your health. Once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy with a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound is needed to confirm essential details of your pregnancy, including:

  • How far along you are
  • Location (whether it’s located within your uterus)
  • Viability (confirms a heartbeat & progressing pregnancy)

Our caring team is here to walk you through pregnancy confirmation and inform you about abortion and your other options if desired. We can educate you more about the potential risks and side effects of abortion.

Schedule a free pregnancy test appointment to take your first step toward clarity. We’re here to walk alongside you during this time. You are stronger than you know.