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Taking a couple of pills may sound uncomplicated but it's important to know what you're getting into when making a significant medical decision. There are potential risks and side effects with any abortion method, and the risks of the abortion pill are vital for you to be aware of before making your next steps.
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Medication abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is a two-dose process of medications. The FDA approves it for the termination of early pregnancies up to 10 weeks.
Mifepristone, the first dose, blocks the production of progesterone, a pregnancy hormone. When this hormone is no longer present, the pregnancy stops progressing. This dose is typically taken under the supervision of a physician or provider.
Then, the second dose, misoprostol, is taken several hours or sometimes up to a day later. This medication causes the uterus to cramp, expelling the pregnancy from the uterus through the vagina. This process involves a fair amount of bleeding and contractions.
As with any serious medical undertaking, the abortion pill process comes with certain potential physical risks. It is essential to be aware of these risks, particularly if they could be exacerbated or put you at further risk due to your unique medical needs.
The Mayo Clinic shares the following as potential physical risks of the abortion pill regimen using the drug mifepristone:
In some cases, abortion can put you at an increased risk of septic shock. The National Institute of Health (NIH) urges patients that experience any of the following symptoms to seek immediate emergency medical care:
As the abortion pill process is only approved by the FDA for the termination of early pregnancies up to 10 weeks, taking it past this point in pregnancy can put you at significant risk, particularly the risk of incomplete abortion.
Signs of incomplete abortion may include extreme bleeding (more than one pad an hour), fever, or pelvic pain, according to NIH. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding for two consecutive hours, seek immediate medical care.
Medication may seem simple and uncomplicated, but taking it before you know how it will affect your health could be dangerous. Ensuring key details about your unique medical needs before making your next steps could be vital to your well-being.
First, confirming your pregnancy with a lab-quality pregnancy test is wise. At-home tests can give inaccurate results, particularly if taken too early.
Next, an ultrasound exam can help provide key details on your pregnancy, including:
At Choices Options for Women's Health, we offer pregnancy confirmation and ultrasounds free to you, and we're here to help you navigate your pregnancy decision with comprehensive information on your options. The choice is yours, but we can help.
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