You have several options for an unexpected pregnancy, including abortion. If your pregnancy is at ten weeks gestation or fewer, you may be eligible for the “abortion pill” (medical abortion).
Understanding this process’s risks and side effects is crucial to making an informed decision. Your health and safety are the priority.
Abortion Pill: Side Effects and Risks
During the abortion pill process, two medications terminate the pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy tissue.
If you take these drugs, you’ll experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding, which can range from mild to severe. You could also have side effects such as headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills.
The chances of a risk occurring are low but possible. They include:
- Digestive system discomfort
- Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
- An ongoing pregnancy (if the medications don’t work)
Some women aren’t eligible for the abortion pill. If you have certain health conditions or allergies, or if your pregnancy is further than ten weeks gestation, you may be unable to have this type of abortion.
Speaking with a healthcare provider and undergoing a physical exam are vital steps.
Before a Pregnancy Decision
Having an ultrasound is crucial when making a pregnancy decision. Ultrasounds provide valuable pregnancy information, including viability (if your pregnancy is growing with a detectable heartbeat), gestational age, and location.
They can also alert your provider to conditions like miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is dangerous and requires emergency medical care.
First Choice Center for Women offers free ultrasounds to verify key pregnancy details. Following your ultrasound, an options information session is provided. You’ll learn about your three options: abortion, making an adoption plan, and parenting.
Knowing this information and weighing the pros and cons can help you make an informed decision.
Reach Out Today
Contact First Choice Center for Women for a free and confidential appointment. We’re here to provide clarity.