A pregnancy is overwhelming, and you could be considering the abortion pill as your next option. Before proceeding, you deserve to know the facts and risks of taking the abortion pill. What do you need to know? We’re here to help you.

What Is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill, also known as medication abortion, works to terminate pregnancy with two different drugs: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Mifepristone causes the uterus lining to thin and prevents the embryo from staying implanted and growing. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and then expel the pregnancy through the vagina. Though it’s not as invasive as surgical abortion, the process is quite extensive and comes with major risks and side effects.

It’s important to note that the abortion pill, medication abortion, is only for women up to 10 weeks pregnant. If you are over 10 weeks pregnant, surgical abortion is the only abortion option for you.

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill comes with major physical risks and side effects along the way. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some common side effects of the abortion pill (medication abortion):

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Chills

Here are other potential risks of this abortion pill process according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

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