The abortion pill (also known as medical abortion) is a combination of two different, powerful drugs that work together to terminate and expel a pregnancy from your uterus. 

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering the abortion pill as an option, it’s critical to learn all you can to protect your health. 

This article will explore the essentials you need to know about the abortion pill. But if you want more information about your options or learn more about the free resources available to support you, contact Pregnancy Center West today. All appointments and services are free and confidential. 

How Does the Abortion Pill Work? 

You usually take both abortion drugs at home. 

The first drug, mifepristone, blocks an essential pregnancy hormone known as progesterone. Without progesterone, your uterine lining will loosen, causing your pregnancy to detach and end. 

The second drug, misoprostol, causes your uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through your vagina. 

After taking these drugs, you will experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. While every woman’s perception of pain is unique, many women report that the pain is excruciating. 

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

Incomplete abortion is one of the primary risks associated with the abortion drugs. 

An incomplete abortion happens when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus. If not treated promptly, an incomplete abortion can quickly lead to a potentially life-threatening infection. 

You’re more likely to experience an incomplete abortion or other risks if you’ve been pregnant for more than nine weeks or if you meet any of the following criteria (which makes you ineligible for the abortion pill method): 

  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
  • Have a suspected ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening emergency.
  • Have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; particular heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
  • Take a blood thinner or specific steroid medicines.
  • You can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used.

How Can I Protect My Health? 

Before considering abortion as an option for your pregnancy, it’s critical to get an ultrasound. This simple scan will give you the information you need to determine if you’re eligible for medical abortion and help protect your health. 

At Pregnancy Center West, we offer free, limited ultrasounds because we believe you deserve all the information you need to make an educated decision. The choice about how to move forward is yours, but we’re here to support you along the way. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.