If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering terminating your pregnancy using the abortion pill. Whether you’re unsure if this is the right option for you or simply seeking more information about your pregnancy prior to your procedure, First Concern is here to help you make an informed decision.
The abortion pill may seem like a straightforward process, but it’s important to take time to learn as much as you can about the procedure, your unique pregnancy conditions, and the risks and side effects you may encounter.
If you’re looking for a safe space to explore your options, First Concern is here for you! Contact us today.
What is the Abortion Pill?
The abortion pill also referred to as medical abortion, is a chemical process used to end a pregnancy. The procedure involves taking two pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, and can be taken in the first 10 weeks (or 70 days) of pregnancy.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
First, Mifepristone is administered in order to prevent the uterus from absorbing the pregnancy hormone called progesterone. Progesterone provides the pregnancy with the nutrients and support it needs to survive, and without it, the pregnancy will end.
After the pregnancy has ended, Misoprostol is taken to cause the body to contract and expel the fetus from the uterus.
What Are the Side Effects Associated With the Abortion Pill?
When taking the abortion pill, one can expect to experience side effects such as heavy bleeding, cramping, abdominal pain, exhaustion, nausea, fever, chills, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea, and dizziness.
What Are the Risks Related to the Abortion Pill?
In addition to these uncomfortable side effects, some women experience more extreme health conditions as a result of taking the abortion pill. These conditions include infection, sepsis, and hemorrhaging and can be life-threatening when left untreated.
How Much Does the Abortion Pill Cost?
The abortion pill costs, on average, $500. In addition to the cost of the medication, it’s important to factor in other costs, such as emergency care in case of complications, follow-up appointments, pre-abortion screenings, and more.
Visit First Concern to learn more about the resources available to you before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Can Anyone Take the Abortion Pill?
Before taking the abortion pill, we recommend scheduling an ultrasound scan to determine the age, location, and viability of your pregnancy. This information will help you and your doctor make an educated choice related to your pregnancy and the abortion pill. We can help refer you for an ultrasound.
Additionally, the FDA recommends that individuals with the following conditions avoid the abortion pill altogether:
- Confirmed/suspected ectopic pregnancy or undiagnosed adnexal mass
- Chronic adrenal failure
- Concurrent long-term corticosteroid therapy
- History of allergy to mifepristone, misoprostol, or other prostaglandins
- Hemorrhagic disorders or concurrent anticoagulant therapy
- Inherited porphyria
- Intrauterine device (IUD) in place
Is the Abortion Pill Reversible?
Yes, the abortion pill is reversible. Some women choose to take the abortion pill, only to realize it wasn’t the right decision for them. The outcome of the abortion pill can often be reversed within 24 hours of taking Mifepristone.
Abortion pill reversal involves taking progesterone to counteract the actions of Mifepristone. This increase in progesterone will provide the pregnancy with the support it needs to continue to grow safely.
Contact Us Today!
Are you ready to learn more about your pregnancy and the options available to you? First Concern is here to help.
We offer no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasound referrals, abortion reversal, information on your pregnancy options, and physical and educational resources to help you during this time. Contact us today!