If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering an abortion. Because there are different types of abortion procedures and risks associated with each, it's important to discuss your options and receive accurate information. Our supportive medical team can answer questions in a non-judgmental and caring manner.
The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill (also known as a chemical abortion or RU-486) can be taken up to 10 weeks in pregnancy (70 days after the first day of your last menstrual period).
Chemical abortion involves 2 different medications taken at different times: Mifepristone (Mifeprex) first, followed by Misoprostol within 24-28 hours. The abortion pill is not the same as emergency contraception (the morning-after pill). The first drug blocks the hormone progesterone. Without this hormone, the pregnancy cannot survive. The second drug causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo.
What Are The Risks?
The expected side effects after taking the chemical abortion pills include heavy vaginal bleeding and intense abdominal cramping and uterine contractions. Common adverse reactions to the drugs may include nausea, vomiting, fever/chills, and weakness, among others. The risks include an incomplete abortion, undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, uncontrollable bleeding, infection, and maternal death.
We understand that your choice regarding your pregnancy is difficult. The choice is yours, and we are here to help you feel completely informed and confident in your decision. Our caring and trained staff and licensed medical professionals are here to help you discuss questions you may have about pregnancy, abortion procedures and risks, adoption, available resources, and more. Call today to schedule your no-cost, confidential appointment.