I Think I’m Pregnant! Should I Take the Abortion Pill?

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March 20, 2020 mwilde 0 Comments

An unexpected pregnancy can be totally overwhelming, extremely stressful and completely terrifying. It can be hard to know who to talk to, who to trust, and where to find the truth about your options. We get a lot of questions about the abortion pill.

That’s why we are here! What is the abortion pill? And, what happens when I take the abortion pill? Before anything, make sure you’re in fact pregnant. According to research, 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage. Most miscarriages happen within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill (RU486) is actually two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol. The first pill (mifepristone) stops the growth of the pregnancy. The second pill (misoprostol) ends the pregnancy. This should not to be mistaken for the morning after pill or emergency contraception.

When Should I Take the Abortion Pill?

The first pill can be taken up to 10 weeks after the first day of your last period. This medicine can only be administered by a licensed doctor. The second pill, depending on the doctor’s orders, can be taken anywhere from immediately after the first pill or up 48 hours after. The second pill (misoprostol) will cause cramping and heavy bleeding for approximately 4 hours. Although, bleeding may continue for several days after. If you’re having doubts about your abortion and have already taken both pills, there is an abortion reversal pill available. If the bleeding has stopped and you’re still concerned you’re pregnant, you can take a pregnancy test two weeks after the abortion. Your hormone levels take at least two weeks, sometimes longer, to get back to a non-pregnant-like state.

Statistics of the Abortion Pill

Statistics show that those who are eight weeks pregnant or less, the abortion pill is up to 98% effective. Women eight to nine weeks pregnant report it is effective 96% of the time and 93% for those who are nine to 10 weeks pregnant. In the rare case that the abortion pill doesn’t work the first time, you may be allowed a second dose. Otherwise, a surgical abortion might be another option.

What are the Risks?

According to Mayo Clinic, potential risks for the abortion pill include incomplete abortion, an ongoing unwanted pregnancy, heavy and prolonged bleeding, infection, fever, or gastrointestinal discomfort. Additional risks could include an allergic reaction, infection, blood clots, or heavier bleeding than expected.

What Else Should I Consider?

If you are considering the abortion pill, we strongly encourage seeking out a counselor to learn all your options. Having an abortion is a life-altering event. For many, it has left emotional distress. Regardless of your decision, an unexpected pregnancy is daunting and any decision made should not be taken lightly. For that reason, we are here to offer support and a listening ear. We will provide you with facts about your option.

Think you’re pregnant? Learn your options and book an appointment today.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/fact-sheet/medication-abortion/amp/

I Think I’m Pregnant! Should I Take the Abortion Pill? was last modified: March 20th, 2020 by mwilde