If you recently found out you are pregnant, you may be considering taking the abortion pill. Pregnancies accompany many fears that are intimidating, and the abortion pill may feel like the answer to alleviate some of your worries. However, taking the abortion pill is a serious medical decision. It is imperative to understand the risks.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is actually a two-step process that takes some time.

The first medication (mifepristone) blocks fetal development. It does this by stopping the uterus from absorbing progesterone, which thins the lining of the uterus and prevents the pregnancy from developing.

The second medication (misoprostol) is taken hours or days after the first drug. This medication causes uterine contractions, which expels the pregnancy tissue.

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill poses serious risks to many women. It is imperative that you take into account your prior medical history, and you consider the risks prior to consumption.

Potential Side Effects

The Mayo Clinic states that women who take the abortion pill may experience the following physical side effects in addition to bleeding and cramping:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

The abortion pill can also cause physical serious complications for some people. Potential risks include:

  • Incomplete abortion
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever

Mental Health Risks

The Mayo Clinic states, “Having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences.” While many people choose this path, it’s worth exploring all aspects of the decision for yourself before moving forward. You have time.

Your Best Next Steps

Double-Check Your Results

Prior to taking the abortion pill, double-check your results with a pregnancy test at our center for no cost. If you are indeed pregnant, you will need to ensure your safety with an ultrasound—and we can help with that, too.

If your lab-grade pregnancy test returns positive, we provide you with an ultrasound at no cost to you. This will help you manage your risks by learning if the abortion pill is an option for you or if you will need to consider a surgical abortion instead.

Make an Appointment

Our caring and compassionate team at Pregnancy Care Center of Petoskey is ready and able to walk alongside you through this journey.

Contact us today to schedule your no-cost, confidential appointment. We are here for you.

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