Are you thinking of getting the abortion pill? Pregnancy confirmation is needed first to know if you’re eligible for the abortion pill based on how far along you are as well as the health of your pregnancy. The FDA recommends only women through ten weeks (70 days) gestation receive the abortion pill, also known as medical abortion.
The Abortion Pill Process
The abortion pill process, known as a medical abortion, is a series of two drugs. Mifepristone is taken first, which prevents the pregnancy from receiving progesterone, an essential pregnancy hormone. This drug weakens the uterine lining and ends the pregnancy.
Second, you would take misoprostol, causing the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through the vagina. Potential risks for medical abortion, according to the Mayo Clinic, include:
- An incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Are You Eligible?
First, you will want to confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound to know how far along you are, the location of the pregnancy, and ensure the health of your pregnancy.
An ultrasound can alert you to a potential ectopic pregnancy. This complication happens when the pregnancy grows outside the uterus and can be a threat to your health if not treated promptly. You will not be eligible for abortion if you experience this complication, and you will need other medical treatment.
According to the Mayo Clinic, medical abortion isn’t an option if you:
- Have been pregnant for more than ten weeks (after the start of your last period).
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
- Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy.
- Experience medical conditions including bleeding disorders, particular heart or blood vessel diseases, severe liver, kidney, or lung disease, or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- Currently take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
- Have an allergy to the medicine used.
Confirm Your Pregnancy Details
Safeguard your health by confirming your pregnancy before making any pregnancy decision regarding abortion. We understand how scary an unplanned pregnancy is, but you are not alone.
Although we do not provide or refer for abortion, we do offer no-cost pregnancy testing, an ultrasound, and a free consultation to discuss your future.
Schedule an appointment today.