What is the Abortion Pill?

What is the Abortion Pill?

Pregnancy was something you never saw coming. You thought you were careful and you are still confused about how it even happened. If you are considering taking the abortion pill, you should know the facts before making a decision. 

At Cleburne Pregnancy Center, we offer free and confidential pregnancy confirmation services so you can know what options you have.

What is Medication Abortion (the Abortion Pill)?

A medication abortion (also known as the abortion pill) is an abortion regimen that involves two different drugs that terminate the pregnancy. 

The first pill, Mifepristone is normally taken at an abortion clinic and works to block the womb from absorbing progesterone. This causes the lining of the uterus to thin and prevents the embryo from implanting or growing. 

The second pill, Misoprostol, is taken at home and makes the uterus contract and expel the pregnancy.

Risks of the Abortion Pill

Mifepristone and Misoprostol are two powerful drugs used in the medication abortion process. With these drugs come serious risks to consider. According to the Mayo Clinic, some common risks of medication abortion (the abortion pill) include the following…

  • Incomplete abortion (which may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever

Am I Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

The first step to knowing if you’re eligible for abortion is to confirm your pregnancy. A positive at-home pregnancy test is a good indicator of pregnancy. It’s vital to take a step further and confirm that you’re pregnant with an ultrasound.

In Texas, women are only eligible for the abortion pill until a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This usually happens around six weeks into the pregnancy. In other states, you must be less than 11 weeks pregnant. The only way to confirm how far along you are is with an ultrasound. 

An ultrasound has the power to tell you if you have a viable pregnancy and alerts you of any pregnancy risks or health concerns that you were not aware of.

Contact us today for a free and confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound appointment. After confirming your pregnancy, we are here to educate you about all your options so you can make an informed decision for your future.