Abortion Pill Info
The abortion pill, also known as medical abortion, is a method used to terminate an early pregnancy. This procedure involves two drugs, taken in separate doses. The first pill blocks the blood supply and nutrients to the developing embryo. When used in conjunction with the second pill, it induces contractions, leading to the early termination of the pregnancy by expelling the embryo. This method is approved for pregnancies of 70 days or less since the first day of the last menstrual period or 10 weeks LMP.
How is it taken?
The FDA has approved the following dosing regimen:
- On Day One, the first pill is taken by mouth.
- 24 to 48 hours after taking the first pill, the second medication is taken buccally (in the cheek pouch), at a location comfortable for the patient.
- About seven to fourteen days after taking the first pill, the patient should follow-up with the healthcare provider to ensure the procedure was successful.
For their safety, the FDA has advised some women not to take the first medication, which blocks the progesterone hormone. A woman should not take this drug if it has been more than 70 days since the first day of her last menstrual period, or if she:
- has an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus), which can be diagnosed by our free ultrasound
- has problems with the adrenal glands (the glands near the kidneys)
- is currently being treated with long-term steroid therapy (medications)
- has had an allergic reaction to either of the drugs used for the abortion pill (or similar drugs)
- has bleeding problems or is taking anticoagulant (blood thinning) drug products
- has inherited porphyria
- has an intrauterine device (IUD) in place (it must be removed before taking the abortion pill)
What are the side effects of the abortion pill?
Before taking the Abortion Pill or any other medication, make sure to get information from a trusted source so that you understand how it works and the possible side effects. Some of the documented common side effects of the abortion pill include:
- Abdominal pain
- Severe cramping
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Fever and chills
Some more severe risks could include:
- Seeing fetal parts expelled
- Sustained fever
- Severe abdominal pain
- A possible life-threatening infection known as sepsis (severe systemic infection)
- Failure to abort (which may require an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination)
- An undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy
- Hemorrhaging or prolonged heavy bleeding
Women who have already taken the first dose of the abortion pill and find themselves experiencing any of the more severe risks or complications above, should contact their healthcare provider for instruction.
Information is lacking about the long-term mental health effects of medical abortion, particularly, how women feel about giving themselves an abortion, and seeing fetal parts expelled.
What if I Have Second Thoughts?
Are you having second thoughts or regrets about your abortion decision? It may not be too late to change your mind. If you’ve taken the first dose of the abortion pill but have not yet taken the second pill, there is an effective process that may be able to reverse the procedure called ‘abortion pill reversal.’ This process uses the progesterone hormone, which has shown to counteract the effects of the abortion pill.
Women have successfully continued their pregnancies and given birth to healthy babies after receiving reversal progesterone treatment under a doctor’s care. Any attempts to counteract the abortion pill should not be done without the assistance of a medical professional. For more information, visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or contact Care Net of Carbon County to locate a provider near you as soon as possible.
You are the only one who can choose an option for your unplanned pregnancy. You should not allow anyone to force you into a decision. Our staff wants to support you as you explore your options. If you’re feeling pressured, visit Care Net of Carbon County first.