Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and not sure how to move forward? Before settling on one decision, it’s crucial to explore your options and understand each procedure and the risks. Common risks include infection and heavy bleeding.

If you have questions about the abortion pill, we’re here to help answer them.

How Does The Abortion Pill Work?

Have you heard of the abortion pill? The abortion pill is also known as medical abortion. A medical abortion uses a combination of drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, to terminate a pregnancy. 

Mifepristone starts the process by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, a pregnancy cannot survive. Around 24-48 hours later, misoprostol, the second drug, brings on strong uterine contractions that will eventually expel the pregnancy. 

The FDA only recommends women taking the abortion pill through 10 weeks gestation. If you’re unsure exactly how far along your pregnancy is, an ultrasound is recommended before undergoing the procedure. 

Are There Any Side Effects?

Yes, side effects from taking abortion drugs are possible. Some women may only experience mild symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, or headaches. Allergic reactions to the medication are possible as well. 

Because side effects can vary from mild to severe, it’s essential to only begin a medical abortion under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Your doctor can monitor your progress and assess whether you need medical intervention. 

What Risks Are Involved?

Serious complications can occur following a medical abortion. These risks may include: 

  • Incomplete abortion, which may require surgery
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure is not successful
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Digestive system discomfort

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An unplanned pregnancy is scary, but know you are not alone. We’re here to help you navigate the big questions and better inform you about your pregnancy and options.

Schedule an appointment to begin with pregnancy services, and then we can explore your options together.

*QC PRC does not perform, recommend, or refer for abortion.