Approved up to 10 weeks gestation by the FDA, a medication abortion (the abortion pill) is a method of abortion that stops a pregnancy. It does so without requiring any kind of anesthesia or surgery (unless it results in an incomplete abortion).
How Does it Work?
Medication abortion is a two-drug medication that begins with mifepristone. This prevents the pregnancy from developing by blocking an essential hormone called progesterone. The first drug is usually taken at the doctor’s clinic.
At least 24-48 hours later, the second medication, misoprostol, is taken. It forces the uterus to contract so the body can expel the fetus and pregnancy tissue.
What Should I Do Before Starting Medication Abortion?
If you’re considering a medication abortion, it’s essential to first confirm the pregnancy with a pregnancy test.
After the pregnancy has been verified, you’ll also want to schedule an ultrasound. This will verify that the pregnancy is still viable (20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage) as well as confirm the age of the pregnancy so you know if you are eligible for the abortion pill.
What are the Potential Side Effects?
Because medication abortion expels the fetus after the pregnancy has been terminated, it’s normal to expect uterine cramping or vaginal bleeding. According to the Mayo Clinic, other symptoms can include:
What Are the Risks?
Potential risks of medication abortion include:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
Even if you cannot obtain an abortion in Kentucky, our clinic offers no-cost pregnancy testing and ultrasounds so you can learn vital information about your pregnancy. Our staff can help you read the results and answer any of your questions with medically-accurate information.
We provide a confidential, pressure-free environment for you to feel empowered to make the decision that’s best for you. Contact us today!