Is the Abortion Pill Right for Me?
Is pregnancy the last thing you thought would happen to you? Are you thinking about taking the abortion pill? Today we're discussing the facts about the Abortion Pill.
What Is the Abortion Pill?
The Abortion Pill is a medication abortion. It is different than a surgical abortion, and is typically restricted to women under 10 weeks into a pregnancy. Even though it is called the "Abortion Pill" it is actually made of two drugs in two pills to end a pregnancy.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work
The Abortion Pill method is not just a quick pill to pop and you're done. It is a two-step process that begins with a clinic visit. The visit will typically consist of an ultrasound to determine how far along your pregnancy is, and if the pregnancy is viable. It is also recommended to take an STD test, to verify that you are not at risk of other complications.
Once the STD test is clear and the ultrasound has confirmed a viable pregnancy prior to 10 weeks, you can begin the abortion procedure. You will be given the first pill called mifepristone, which blocks the pregnancy hormone called progesterone. This will cause the lining of the uterus to thin, preventing the embryo from growing and staying attached to the uterine wall. The second pill, Misoprostol, is usually taken later at home; but can be taken right away or up to 48 hours later. This medicine causes cramping and bleeding to expel the fetus from your body.
Risks and Side Effects of the Abortion Pill
There are potential risks with any abortion procedure. Some of the risks associated with a medication abortion are:
Incomplete abortion: which may require a secondary surgical abortion
Heavy and prolonged bleeding with clots to expel the fetus
*If you have an IUD, take a blood thinner, have certain medical conditions such as kidney disease, or uncontrolled seizures, do not have a medical abortion.
An abortion may also come with emotional and relational side effects. Although the data can be debatable, it is important to understand the potential risk for:
Clinical depression and anxiety
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Symptoms Consistent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior
Research also reveals that couples who choose abortion are at increased risk of problems in their relationships. After abortion some women may experience a short or longer term lack of interest, discomfort, or decreased satisfaction with sex.
Where should I begin?
If you’re considering an abortion for your unplanned pregnancy and need more information, we can help. Remember that you have the final say in what happens with your pregnancy, and know that you are not alone. Our team is here to help you through all that comes with an unexpected pregnancy. Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment.