The Abortion Pill                                                   


You may have heard about the “abortion pill” and are wondering if it would be right for you. It can seem very simple…

just take a pill and your problems are solved. But, as with any medical procedure, you should understand what is involved and how it can affect your body.

It is important to be examined in person by a health care professional, to determine just how far along you are in your pregnancy. There can be serious side effects from the abortion pill if you are further along than 10 weeks.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

You take 2 different pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol

  • You will usually take mifepristone at the doctor’s office, then take the misoprostol 24 to 48 hours later. 
  • Mifepristone works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the pregnancy cannot continue to grow in the uterus.
  • Misoprostol causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus. 

Shortly after taking the second pill, you can expect the following to occur:

  1. Bleeding and cramping (usually starts one to four hours after taking the misoprostol).
  2. Heavy bleeding with blood clots for the next several hours.
  3. Heavy cramping for several hours.
  4. A low fever or chills that can last about a day after taking the second pill.
  5. Some women report feeling tired, nauseous & dizzy, along with diarrhea.

Who Should Not Get a Medical Abortion?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a well-known medical institution, medical abortion is not a safe option for those who:

  • Are too far along in their pregnancy (greater than 9 or 10 weeks)
  • Have pregnancy outside the uterus (ectopic pregnancy).
  • Have a blood clotting disorder or significant anemia.
  • Have chronic adrenal failure.
  • Use long-term corticosteroids.
  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD).
  • Have an allergy to the medication used.
  • Do not have access to emergency care. 
  • Can’t return for a follow-up visit. 

It is important to discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider, before a medical abortion procedure.

How Can We Help?

At PLL we can confirm your pregnancy with a medical grade pregnancy test and perform an ultrasound to see where your pregnancy is located in the uterus, and how far along you are. We can discuss your options and help you feel more knowledgeable and comfortable with your situation. We want you to make an informed decision about your body and your pregnancy, along with knowing all the resources that are available to you. 

Our woman-centered approach to unplanned pregnancy helps clear the clutter, giving peace of mind and confidence when it’s needed most. CLICK HERE to set up an appointment at your convenience. We are here to help you choose the best next steps for your life. Please note: Our office does not provide or perform abortions but can provide the abortion information you need. 

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