The abortion pill, otherwise known as a medical abortion, is used to terminate an early pregnancy before 10 weeks of gestation. It isn’t for everyone, especially those with more advanced pregnancies or certain medical conditions.
Learning more about medical abortion will help you to make a more informed and proactive decision about your pregnancy options, especially if you’re still on the fence.
What Are the Medications Used?
Two drugs are used in the abortion pill process: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which is used to sustain a pregnancy, while misoprostol induces uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue from the body.
Mifepristone is taken at the abortion clinic or doctor’s office, while misoprostol may be taken at home. Side effects vary for each woman, but the most common include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal cramping
Consult your doctor immediately if these side effects become severe, bother you, or don’t go away. They may be signs of something more serious. You are also at risk of developing complications from the abortion pill, such as septic shock, infection, or incomplete abortion. The abortion pill cannot end an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy can have serious complications, even life-threatening ones.
An incomplete abortion is when parts of the pregnancy tissue remain in the uterus following an abortion. This can become dangerous if left untreated and always requires medical attention.
How Can I Expect To Feel After an Abortion?
Women may feel a variety of emotions following the abortion pill process. Some may feel relief, while others may feel sadness and guilt. It’s vital to remember that these feelings are valid and you are deserving of healing and peace.
If you struggle emotionally after an abortion, consider speaking to a mental health professional like a grief counselor or therapist. Sound Choices also offers post-abortive help and healing in a confidential setting. Sharing your experiences can help you during the healing process. If you would like more information, email email@example.com or call 706-322-5024.
I’d Like to Learn About All My Pregnancy Options.
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and are interested in learning your options, the Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic advocates are here for you! We can provide no-cost, confidential options information in a welcoming environment.
Contact us today to ask questions or request an appointment. We’re here for you!