Are you considering abortion as you face an unplanned pregnancy? You owe it to yourself to learn the facts. 

The abortion pill, also known as medical abortion, comes with risks to your health. Common risks include things like infection and incomplete abortion. Keep reading to learn more about the risks and side effects of this major abortion procedure before making a pregnancy decision.

The Risks of the Abortion Pill

With major medical procedures such as abortion come serious risks to consider. Possible risks of the abortion pill (medical abortion) include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by a surgical procedure
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Be sure to understand the risks before this type of abortion, as you will be in charge of monitoring your own body after taking the abortion pill. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

The FDA only recommends medical abortion for women through 10 weeks of pregnancy. You will need to receive an ultrasound to determine how far along you are in pregnancy, determine your pregnancy’s location (if it’s located within the uterus), and be alerted to any potential complications.

Safeguard Your Health

At the Pregnancy Help Center of Galveston, we offer no-cost and confidential pregnancy services, including lab-grade pregnancy testing and ultrasounds

Schedule a free and confidential appointment with us to learn the facts about your pregnancy and discuss your options.

We can help answer your many pregnancy options questions and offer a safe space to talk. You are not alone–we’re with you.