While the abortion pill is available online, the FDA advises against pursuing this option. 

The abortion drugs you can find online are FDA-approved, which means the FDA can’t guarantee their quality, safety, or efficacy. 

However, even if you seek the abortion drugs from a clinic or reputable pharmacy (which are FDA-approved for pregnancies that are 10 weeks gestation or under), they can still put your health at risk, which is why it’s critical to learn all you can before choosing this option.

This article will highlight the essentials you need to know about the abortion drugs. But if you want to talk to someone about your pregnancy and learn more about free resources that are available to help, contact the Pregnancy Help Center today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. 

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is a combination of two powerful drugs that work together. 

The first drug, mifepristone, blocks progesterone in your body. Without this essential pregnancy hormone, your uterine lining will loosen and shed, causing your pregnancy to be starved of nutrients and end. 

The second drug, misoprostol, causes your uterus to contract, which expels the pregnancy out through your vagina. 

Does the Abortion Pill Come With Risks?

Yes, the abortion drugs come with potential risks to your health. 

The primary risk is an incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus. This can lead to a potentially life-threatening infection, heavy and prolonged bleeding, and pain.

How Can I Protect My Health?

Getting an ultrasound is the number one way to protect your health before making any pregnancy decision—but especially before choosing abortion. 

This simple scan can help determine your pregnancy’s gestational age (which is vital before seeking the abortion drugs, since if you take these drugs when your pregnancy is further than 10 weeks gestation, you’re more likely to experience a risk to your health), location, and viability. 

At Pregnancy Help Center, we offer free, limited ultrasounds because we believe that you deserve to have what you need to stay safe and make an informed decision. 

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. You’re not alone as you navigate your pregnancy. We’re here for you.