What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

Did you just find out you’re unexpectedly pregnant and think the abortion pill is the most convenient option for you? You may want to know the facts to safeguard your health and consider the risks.

Is the Abortion Pill A One-Step Process?

The short answer is: no. The abortion pill, also called medical abortion, is a two-step process consisting of two different drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. 

First, mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone the body needs to support a pregnancy. This drug ends the pregnancy. 

Within 48 hours of taking the first drug, a woman takes misoprostol. Misoprostol works by causing the uterus to contract (squeeze). This squeezing forces the pregnancy out of the woman’s body.

The Risks of the Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)

Potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

It’s vital to know the risks before an abortion since you will be in charge of monitoring your own body after taking the abortion pill. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following:

  • Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

Safeguard Your Health

Before choosing abortion, verify your pregnancy with a free pregnancy test at A Choice for Women. We may also offer you a referral for a free limited ultrasound. 

Become fully informed about the various abortion procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today to receive pregnancy verification and options education at no cost to you. 

In the event of a positive test, we can provide financial assistance to help you. But to qualify for financial assistance, you must talk to one of our counselors.