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What are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

If you are considering medication abortions as an option for an unplanned pregnancy, it’s critical to understand the risks and information related to the procedure. 

Unfortunately, the potential risks and side effects of medication abortions are sometimes downplayed or not fully discussed, underscoring the importance of being fully informed before making a decision. By understanding the process and possible risks, you can make a well-informed decision about whether medication abortion is right for you.

How Does A Medical Abortion Work?

The abortion pill, also called a medication abortion, is a regimen of two separate medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is an antiprogestin that blocks progesterone hormone levels from reaching pregnancy. This ends fetal growth and development, so the pregnancy ends.

24-48 hours later, misoprostol, the second drug, is taken. This induces uterine cramping so that the fetus and pregnancy tissues are expelled, so they don’t cause infection. 

What are the Risks of a Medication Abortion?

Cramping and vaginal bleeding are common side effects of medication abortion. If you bleed enough to fill two pads per hour in two hours, you should seek immediate medical attention.

According to Mayo Clinic, you may also experience:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Confirm Pregnancy Viability

If you are considering an abortion, it’s essential to understand your eligibility. Medication abortion is only FDA-approved up to 70 days (10 weeks) gestational age. 

At Hope First, we offer no-cost pregnancy tests as well as ultrasounds which can confirm the age of the pregnancy as well as its age and location. 

These details can help you determine what your options are. At Hope First, we also offer options consultations where you can discuss your pregnancy options and questions in a confidential, pressure-free environment. 

We are here to support you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment! 

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