An abortion is the medical termination of pregnancy. You may have lots of questions about abortion, how it works, and whether it’s the right decision for you. You are not alone.
Our compassionate medical team at New Hope Center can speak with you one-on-one about abortion to better inform you about the types of procedures and risks.
Medical Abortion (The Abortion Pill)
Also known as Medical Abortion, the Abortion Pill, consists of two pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. These two drugs work together to terminate an existing pregnancy. The FDA shares that only women up to 70 days gestational age should take the abortion pill.
Mifepristone first blocks progesterone from the uterine lining, terminating the pregnancy. The second medication, Misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. This could occur within a few hours or up to two weeks.
Potential Medical Abortion Risks
Medical Abortion (the Abortion Pill) is a serious procedure and you need to know about the risks. It’s always recommended to have a follow-up physical exam to make sure the procedure was successful and that there are no immediate complications.
Potential Risks of Medical Abortion (the Abortion Pill) include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by Surgical Abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
To know if you qualify for medical abortion, you will first need to confirm the details of your pregnancy. Since only women up to 70 days gestational age are eligible for the Abortion Pill, Surgical Abortion would be your only other abortion option if over this gestational age.
New Hope Center’s free lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound will confirm you have a viable pregnancy, how far along you are, and the location of your pregnancy.
Schedule your pregnancy confirmation appointment today to get answers.