Medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is typically an elective medication regimen women undergo to end a viable pregnancy located in the uterus. Before undergoing this procedure, women should speak with a trusted provider or a pregnancy center about the risks, give a complete health history and receive a physical to help safeguard their health and wellness.
How Does a Medical Abortion Work?
The abortion pill is made of two medications called Mifepristone and Misoprostol. These medications work together to terminate a pregnancy located in the uterus.
Mifepristone: this drug blocks progesterone which is an essential pregnancy hormone. Without progesterone, a pregnancy cannot sustain itself, and the uterine walls where the embryo is attached will begin thinning.
Misoprostol: This drug induces contractions to expel the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina.
What Are the Risks of Medical Abortion?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the risks of a medical abortion are:
- An incomplete abortion
- Abnormal bleeding
- Infection and fever
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
It’s also important to know that this procedure is not for everyone. Those who should not receive this medication regimen are:
- Those pregnant for more than nine weeks.
- Those who currently have an IUD
- Those with an ectopic pregnancy
- Those with specific conditions such as bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- Those who take blood-thinning medications or steroids
- Those unable to follow up with their provider or don’t have access to emergency care
- Those with allergies to medicines utilized
To understand how these risks might affect you and your health, it’s important to reach out to a medical professional, understand your options, and discuss any concerns you may have.
Who Can I Speak With?
We encourage you to reach out today to understand your options and help safeguard your health and safety.
We offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and options counseling for your convenience. All appointments are free and confidential.
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