As you face an unexpected pregnancy, you could be wondering about your pregnancy options like the abortion pill. The safety of the abortion pill has been a hot topic of debate in our country for many years. Is it safe for women to use? What are the risks? Receive clarity about the common physical risks that the abortion pill has on women.
You owe it to yourself to learn the facts as you consider all your pregnancy choices. You are not alone.
What is the Abortion Pill?
Also known as medication abortion, the abortion pill method consists of two powerful drugs. First, Mifepristone is prescribed, which blocks Progesterone (a pregnancy hormone) which causes thinning of the uterus lining. This prevents the embryo from implanting or growing.
Secondly, Misoprostol is prescribed. This drug causes the uterus to contract and remove the pregnancy through the vagina. It’s important to know that medication abortion is only for women 10 weeks pregnant or earlier. Surgical abortion would be needed anytime after that gestational age.
The Risks of the Abortion pill
With a medication abortion procedure comes serious risks to know about. These are some common risks of the abortion pill, according to the Mayo Clinic.
1. An Incomplete Abortion
An incomplete abortion occurs when the abortion procedure fails to remove all of the contents of the pregnancy through the vagina. If this happens, a surgical abortion is necessary to complete the abortion, and follow-up with a doctor is necessary.
Infection is a common risk with a medication abortion and should be addressed by a doctor right away. Infection within the uterus and fallopian tubes are one of the most common complications following a medication abortion.
3. Heavy & Prolonged Bleeding
Medication abortion can cause heavy or prolonged bleeding that is very different than a normal menstrual period. If this occurs, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. If you’re unsure, severe bleeding includes…
- Passing clots that are bigger than a golf ball, lasting 2 or more hours.
- Soaking more than 2 large sanitary pads in an hour, for 2 hours in a row.
- Bleeding heavily for 12 hours in a row.
Confirm Your Pregnancy
To know if you are eligible for abortion, you first need to confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. We offer both of these pregnancy services at our center!
Schedule a no-cost and confidential appointment today to learn more.