Abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. Medical abortion, otherwise known as the abortion pill, uses two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.
Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents a fertilized egg from remaining implanted in the uterine wall. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions to expel the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina. You are not eligible for a medical abortion if you are past ten weeks of pregnancy, taking specific medications, or experiencing an ectopic pregnancy.
What is My Gestational Age?
Your gestational age, or how far along you are in your pregnancy, can be confirmed by an obstetric ultrasound. As mentioned, if you are further along than ten weeks, you are ineligible for a medical abortion, according to the FDA.
If you decide to have a medical abortion and take the two medications when you are further along, this can lead to complications such as an incomplete abortion.
We can provide a FREE ultrasound to confirm and date your pregnancy at our office with a Registered Nurse today.
Do I Have an Ectopic Pregnancy?
You may have heard of an ectopic pregnancy before. It occurs when a fertilized egg implants in an area other than the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy, when left untreated, is very dangerous and threatens your health. You must seek immediate medical attention if you have signs of one.
Signs of an ectopic pregnancy include:
- Shoulder pain
- Pelvic pain
- Vaginal bleeding
Surgery is always needed to remove an ectopic pregnancy, so you cannot use the abortion pill to treat one. Contact a medical provider or go to the Emergency Room as soon as possible if you have signs of an ectopic pregnancy. Protect your health!
Medical Reasons for Being Ineligible
In addition to the factors above, there are other reasons why you may not be eligible for the abortion pill.
Reasons that you may be ineligible include:
- Having an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your doctor
- Can’t access emergency care
- Taking a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
- Having an allergy to the medications used during a medical abortion
- Having certain medical issues such as bleeding disorders, heart or blood vessel diseases, severe lung, liver, or kidney disease, or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
Have Eligibility Questions?
Have questions about your eligibility for the abortion pill? Need answers in a compassionate, fact-based environment? Care Net Pregnancy Center of Paradise is here for you!
Contact us today to schedule a same-day appointment, or consider a walk-in!
Note: If you have already taken the abortion pill and regret your decision, you may be eligible for abortion pill reversal. A licensed medical provider will prescribe progesterone in an effort to counteract the effects of the mifepristone. If you have questions about the Abortion Pill Reversal process and would like more information, please contact the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline as soon as possible.