Also known as medical abortion, the abortion pill consists of two drugs that work to terminate an existing pregnancy. Keep reading to learn more about how the abortion pill works and what risks to consider before making a final pregnancy decision.

The Abortion Pill Process

The two drugs used in a medical abortion (the abortion pill) process are mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks the progesterone produced in a woman’s body during pregnancy. 

Blocking this hormone prevents the embryo from remaining implanted and growing. Secondly, misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo through the vagina.

The FDA only recommends medical abortion for women through 10 weeks of pregnancy. To protect your health, receive free pregnancy testing and an ultrasound at our center to determine your eligibility. 

Risks of the Abortion Pill

There are serious health risks to consider when thinking about the abortion pill. According to the Mayo Clinic, some potential risks may include:

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

Be sure you know where your health conditions stand before a major medical procedure such as medical abortion (the abortion pill). Medical abortion is NOT an option if you:

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy 
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
  • Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus, called an ectopic pregnancy
  • Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders, certain heart or blood vessel diseases, severe liver, kidney, or lung disease, or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used

Traveling for Abortion

If you’re considering traveling for an abortion, safeguard your health with pregnancy confirmation first. Know your pregnancy details and be alerted to any potential complications before moving forward. 

Schedule a no-cost and confidential appointment today to begin with lab-quality pregnancy testing. We can then potentially offer an ultrasound if you receive a positive pregnancy test result with us. 

We offer non-judgemental pregnancy options information if you’d like to learn more about abortion or your other options. Talk in a safe place today.