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If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may wonder what your options are. Some women consider abortion, and if they’re ten weeks or fewer along, they may be considering the abortion pill, otherwise known as a medical abortion. 

Continue reading to learn more about this type of abortion and the risks associated with the procedure. Staying informed is the best way to safeguard your health!

What Does the Abortion Pill Do?

The abortion pill is comprised of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which is the hormone used to sustain a pregnancy. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue through the vagina. 

Mifepristone is typically taken at the doctor’s office or abortion clinic, while misoprostol can be taken at home. 

What Might I Experience After Taking the Abortion Pill?

Side effects vary for every woman, and some can be mild, while others can present as quite severe. Good follow-up care is crucial to ensuring that you receive the medical treatment you need. Taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can help to manage side effects like pain. 

Side effects of the abortion pill include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting

There are also certain risks associated with this procedure that you should know, some of which can cause medical complications. Risks include:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion

If you are experiencing any of these risks, seek medical treatment at the nearest emergency room immediately.

Interested in Learning About Your Pregnancy Options?

Unplanned pregnancies can be scary to deal with, but it’s crucial to remember that you aren’t alone in this. New Hope Center is pleased to stand alongside you and offer you free, confidential information about your pregnancy options. 
Contact us today to schedule an appointment. You are not alone!

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