Abortion Pill

What is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill, also known as RU 486, is a medical abortion method consisting of two different drugs that you take after confirming your pregnancy: Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

How does the abortion pill work? When do you take the abortion pill?

The abortion pill requires a few steps. The first pill, Mifepristone, blocks the hormone progesterone that your body naturally produces. This thins the lining of the uterus and stops the growth of the fetus.

The second pill, Misoprostol, is taken up to 48 hours after the first pill is administered.

Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to take it. Please note that you should never receive the abortion pill from anyone other than a licensed medical professional. It’s also important to follow up with your doctor after the abortion, as you need to confirm the termination of the pregnancy.

What are the side effects of the abortion pill? What can I expect after taking the abortion pill?

Physical side effects

There are some serious side effects to the abortion pill, so please discuss these with a medical professional before the abortion. It’s been described as similar to having a heavy, crampy period, or a miscarriage. Physical side effects may include:

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Cramping (which can be severe at times)
• Heavy bleeding (up to several weeks)
• Abdominal pain

Emotional side effects

Abortion is a major decision! It’s important to weigh your options carefully and connect with a strong support system, as the abortion pill may take an emotional toll. After taking the abortion pill, many women experienced:

• Regret
• Anger
• Suicidal Thoughts
• Anxiety
• Depression
Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/how-do-you-know-if-the-abortion-pill-worked
https://www.healthline.com/health/abortion-pill#risks-and-complications
https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-bulletin/articles/2020/10/medication-abortion-up-to-70-days-of-gestation

Is the abortion pill safe? What are the risks of the abortion pill?

Like most medical procedures, the abortion pill does have some risks, including:

• An incomplete or failed abortion, where the fetus is viable or remains in the womb can cause serious infections
• An undetected ectopic pregnancy, which can be dangerous and is a medical emergency
• Blood clots remaining in the uterus
• Heavy bleeding, which leads to hemorrhaging

On an emotional level, studies have found that:

• Within the first few weeks after the abortion, between 40 and 60% of women report negative reactions
• Within 8 weeks after their abortions, 55% expressed guilt
• 44% complained of nervous disorders
• 36% had experienced sleep disturbances
• 31% had regrets about their decision
• 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their doctor
Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/abortion-pill#risks-and-complications

Because each situation is unique, we always recommend weighing all your options. Many women who visit our clinic think they only have one option due to their financial situation or lack of support. Know that there is help available to you! Each woman has a voice, and we are here to listen. Our goal is to offer a safe, non-judgmental place for women to process their thoughts, explore all their options, and get the care and support they deserve.

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” – David Augsburger

Our Clinic does not benefit financially from your decision regarding your pregnancy.  All our services are free.  We do not perform or refer for abortion, but we do provide information and services so that you are equipped to make an informed choice about your pregnancy.

We are here for you! Make your appointment today!