What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?
Some women choose to end their pregnancy with the abortion pill because it seems safer and more convenient than surgical abortion. However, the abortion pill carries some of the same risks as surgical abortion.
Keep reading to learn about the risks of the abortion pill so you can make an informed decision.
The abortion pill is also referred to as a medical abortion. It involves taking two drugs to end the pregnancy.
Mifepristone, the first drug, is usually taken at a medical facility. This drug blocks progesterone, a hormone the body needs to support a pregnancy, to discontinue the pregnancy.
Within 48 hours of taking the first drug, a woman takes misoprostol. Misoprostol works by causing the uterus to contract (squeeze). This squeezing forces the pregnancy out of the woman’s body.
When taking the abortion pill, a woman can expect the following side effects:
Like every medical procedure, the abortion pill has risks that vary by situation. Being aware of the risks is essential to protecting your health. Risks of medical abortion can include:
Women taking the abortion pill are sent home to recover, so they will need to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of complications from the procedure. A woman must seek immediate medical attention if she has any of the following symptoms:
At New Hope Pregnancy Center, we offer free consultations so you can learn more about the options available to you. Schedule an appointment online today.