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All medications have side effects, including allergic reactions. The pills taken to cause an abortion are no exception.

What Is the Abortion Pill?

What is commonly known as “the abortion pill” is actually a combination of two types of drugs. They are taken hours to days apart.

The first is mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone, which ends the pregnancy. Next, misoprostol will cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding to empty the uterus.

Abortion Pill Side Effects

In addition to cramping and vaginal bleeding, women may also experience nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea, and headache.

Evaluating Your Health Status

If a woman fits into any of the following categories, a medical abortion might not be the safest option for her. Instead, a provider may recommend another type of procedure.
The pregnancy is more than nine weeks after the first day of the last menstrual period.

  1. She has an IUD implanted.
  2. She has a suspected ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus.)
  3. She has certain medical conditions, such as a bleeding disorder.
  4. She takes a blood thinner.

What Are Some Physical Risks of a Medical Abortion?

According to Cleveland Clinic, there are some physical risks.

  1. Incomplete abortion
  2. Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  3. Infection
  4. Fever and chills
  5. Discomfort or pain in the digestive system (including diarrhea and vomiting)
  6. Headache

What Are Some Emotional Risks?

Abortion is a hard decision. Experts agree it can cause negative mental health impacts for some women. It is important to gather all the facts and count the risks before proceeding.

Are the Risks Increased by Receiving the Pills by Mail?

Since there are so many nuances to who can have a medical abortion, it is crucial that women see a physician before taking the first drug. These medications can be dangerous without medical supervision.

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At the Pregnancy Care Center, we can provide women with pregnancy testing, information, resources, and support.

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