If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering abortion as a potential option. It’s important to understand how the abortion pill works and any potential side effects or risks that come with it.

Read the rest of this article so you can make an informed decision.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is a regimen of two different drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. 

The first drug, mifepristone, ends fetal development by blocking an essential hormone and effectively stops the pregnancy. 

The next drug, misoprostol, is taken 24-48 hours later and induces cramping to expel the fetus and pregnancy tissue.

What Are the Risks of an Abortion Pill?

According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks of medical abortion include:

  • 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

What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill? 

The most common side effects of a medical abortion are vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. However, other symptoms may also include:

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

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

Medication abortion is only FDA-approved up to 10 weeks (70 days) gestation. An ultrasound is the best way to confirm the age and viability of the pregnancy (if it’s still developing).

At Empower Life Center, we offer no-cost ultrasounds that can provide this information and screen for the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening to you and should be treated immediately.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment for a complimentary ultrasound!