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What is the Abortion Pill?

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you have options. If your pregnancy is fewer than ten weeks along, you may be eligible for the abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion. 

The abortion pill terminates a viable pregnancy in the early stages. Continue reading to learn more about the procedure, as well as possible side effects, risks, and safety steps every woman can take before making the decision to have one. 

What You Need to Know About the Abortion Pill

Staying informed about abortion procedures is one of the best ways to protect your health. The abortion pill consists of two medications called mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which helps to sustain a pregnancy. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue through the vagina. 

The abortion pill does pose risks that you’ll want to be aware of, some of which can be severe. These include:

  • An incomplete abortion (may need to be followed by surgical abortion)
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Fever

Even if you don’t experience complications, there are side effects you may develop as a result of the procedure, such as: 

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

What Safety Steps Can I Take When Considering Abortion?

Before having any abortion procedure, you can take specific safety steps to protect your health and get valuable information about your pregnancy. First, take a reliable pregnancy test to confirm you’re pregnant. Next, seek STI testing and treatment to ensure you receive any necessary treatment and prevent pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

Getting an obstetric ultrasound is crucial to ensuring you know essential details about your pregnancy and learn more about your health. An ultrasound will tell you more about the viability of your pregnancy (if you’re having a miscarriage), how long you have been pregnant, and the location of your pregnancy.

These details will help you understand your health and move forward.

Knowing Your Options

To learn more about all of your options, including abortion, adoption, and parenting, as well as to get more information on the post-abortion support we offer, contact Care Net Pregnancy Center of Paradise. We are a medical clinic offering a variety of services for pregnant women, as well as support for men.

Reach out today for help. We’re here to give you the information you need!

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