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What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

If you’re pregnant, it’s good to know all of the options available to you. Many women consider abortion a good option, but there are risks associated with each abortion procedure that you should know.

Your health matters; get the facts and make an informed decision!

What Are the Medications Used During the Abortion Pill Procedure?

Mifepristone and misoprostol work together to end a pregnancy during the abortion pill procedure. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which helps the fertilized egg to stay implanted in the uterine wall. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue through the vagina. These medications cause cramping and bleeding, which can be severe for some women.

There are additional risks that can occur during the procedure, some of which can be serious and cause major medical complications. These include:

  • Heavy bleeding: If you are soaking through two sanitary pads for at least an hour, seek immediate medical attention. 
  • Incomplete abortion: This occurs when some of the pregnancy tissue has been left behind in the uterus. This can be very dangerous if left untreated and often requires a surgical abortion procedure to be removed.
  • Infection: An incomplete abortion can cause an infection, with some of the symptoms being:
    • Nausea
    • Weakness
    • Fever
    • Pelvic pain
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Severe stomach pain
  • Fever: If you have a fever of 102 degrees or higher and it hasn’t gone down after a few days, seek medical attention. Fevers can be indicative of a much more serious medical problem. 
  • Septic shock: If you have the following symptoms, don’t delay. Go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible:
    • Severe pain
    • Heavy bleeding
    • Shaking with chills
    • Cool, pale arms and legs
    • Rapid, pounding heart rate
    • Rapid breathing with shortness of breath
    • Unusually high or low body temperature
    • Low blood pressure, particularly when standing
    • Inability to urinate
    • Feelings of confusion or restlessness
    • Fatigue

I Want to Learn More About These Risks.

If you are considering abortion but would like to learn more about the risks associated with each procedure, or if you have questions about your other options, contact us here at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Paradise. We offer same-day and walk-in appointments, so don’t wait.

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