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What is a Medical Abortion?

Before having any medical procedure, you should learn about the risks involved and how it could affect your health. If you have an unplanned pregnancy and are thinking about medical abortion, learning everything you can helps protect your well-being.

As our patient, you are our highest priority. And it’s easier than you think to learn what medical abortion means for you and review any health concerns. Care Net Pregnancy Center of Paradise exists to help women like you find answers and make confident decisions.

We’ll provide confidential information on medical abortion in a safe, caring environment. All services are free.

When Do Medical Abortions Occur?

Medical abortions (also called the “abortion pill”) are FDA-approved through 10 weeks gestation. The FDA does not recommend taking the drugs after this time.

With this process, you’ll first take mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone. Then, you’ll take misoprostol, which induces contractions that expel the pregnancy and tissue from the uterus.

If you have a medical abortion, you could experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. But other side effects can occur, including:

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

Sometimes, a risk can occur. These are rare, but it’s essential to be aware of them in case you notice that something doesn’t feel right:

  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require a surgical procedure)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

How Can We Help?

Care Net Pregnancy Center of Paradise doesn’t provide or refer for abortions. But we want you to have accurate information on all your options. To do that, you’ll need an ultrasound first.

We provide free, limited obstetrical ultrasounds to confirm your pregnancy’s viability (whether it has a heartbeat and is progressing), gestational age (how far along you are), and location. These essential details help you move forward with clear answers.

You’ll also receive options information so you can weigh possible choices and make a decision that’s best for you. You can ask any questions you like–no question is off-limits.

This is a big decision, and feeling scared or a little nervous is natural. We aren’t here to judge you; this is your pregnancy, and we want you to make an empowered choice based on the facts.

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. Our caring advocates are here to help guide you through this process.

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