A medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is a two-step medical procedure that terminates an existing pregnancy. It comes with major risks and side effects that you may want to consider before taking your next steps. You deserve the facts.

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How Does Medical Abortion Work?

The first drug prescribed with a medical abortion is called mifepristone. Mifepristone blocks the progesterone hormone produced in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Blocking this hormone prevents the embryo from implanting or growing.

The second drug taken with a medical abortion is called misoprostol. This drug causes the uterus to contract and release the embryo through the vagina.

It’s important to note that the FDA only recommends medical abortion to women through 10 weeks pregnant. If you are over 10 weeks, surgical abortion may be your only other abortion option.

The Risks of Medical Abortion

With any major medical procedure comes serious risks to your physical health. There are common physical risks to medical abortion, including:

  • 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

There are additional risks to women who have pre-existing health conditions. Be sure to evaluate your medical history and overall health with a medical provider to safeguard your health.

Talk to us today about the potential risks to your health. We can help you confirm your pregnancy details with both pregnancy testing and a limited ultrasound to know where your pregnancy stands and be aware of any potential complications.

Before Making Your Decision

Receive clarity about your pregnancy and your options today with free and confidential pregnancy services and support at Life Choices Community Pregnancy Clinic. Find the answers and confidence you need to move forward. 

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