Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and wondering what it would mean to have a medical abortion?

A medical abortion, also referred to as the abortion pill, is a series of drugs that are used to terminate a pregnancy. 

Although a medical abortion may seem like a quick and simple solution, not all pregnancies are eligible for the abortion pill, and you may experience unwanted side effects and complications. 

How Does Medical Abortion Work?

Mifepristone and misoprostol are the two drugs used in a medical abortion. 

First, mifepristone is taken to block the hormone progesterone, which causes the pregnancy to detach from the inside of the uterus. 

Misoprostol then causes cramping and bleeding, leading to the expulsion of the pregnancy through the vagina. 

Before having an abortion, the risks should be thoroughly considered:

  • Incomplete abortion or continued pregnancy, which may require a surgical abortion
  • Prolonged heavy bleeding
  • Diarrhea or digestive upset 
  • Infection

Seek medical attention immediately if you soak through more than two pads in one hour, have severe abdominal or back pain, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, or a fever for more than 24 hours. 

Medical Abortion Eligibility

When considering a medical abortion, consulting a medical provider is essential for the protection of your health. A medical professional will review your pregnancy and health history details to ensure eligibility.

This review includes using an ultrasound scan to determine the age and location of the pregnancy. According to the FDA, a medical abortion should not take place after 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

The ultrasound scan will also verify that the pregnancy is inside the uterus. A medical abortion is ineffective in cases of ectopic pregnancies when the embryo implants outside of the uterus. Having an abortion with an ectopic pregnancy can lead to further health complications. 

Additionally, you may not qualify for an abortion if you have the following pre-existing conditions:

  • Have an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Certain medical conditions like bleeding disorders, specific heart and blood vessel disorders, severe liver, kidney, or lung disease, or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
  • Unable to follow up with a provider or do not have access to emergency care
  • Have an allergy to the medicine used

Get the Support You Need

For the sake of your future health, take time to understand the risks associated with abortion before making the decision about your pregnancy. 

Get more details about your pregnancy at Hope Place Monticello. Our staff will provide you with a pregnancy test and a potential ultrasound referral at no cost to you. 

Additionally, we can help get your questions answered and discuss all your pregnancy options.

Contact us today to get the support you deserve.