So, What Exactly Is the Abortion Pill? | First Step Women's Center

So, What Exactly Is the Abortion Pill?

A woman sitting on the beach considering the abortion pill.

Although “abortion pill” is the popular name given to this procedure by an abortion clinic, it’s not one pill, and it isn’t as simple as they’d like you to believe. Choosing to have any type of abortion is a serious medical decision. Any time you take pills that make a significant change to your body, there are possible side effects and consequences. So, what exactly is the abortion pill method, and is it right for you? Let’s take a look.

The Abortion Pill

There are two types of abortion, medical and surgical. The Abortion Pill method is known as a medical abortion. Another term for it is RU 486. There are time restrictions for the procedure to take place. Usually, only women under 10 weeks into their pregnancy are eligible.

As we said earlier, the Abortion Pill method is not just one and done. It’s a two-step process that begins with a clinic visit. Before you can have an abortion, you must have an ultrasound. The ultrasound tells how far along you are in your pregnancy, and if your pregnancy is viable. Knowing viability (a heartbeat is detected to indicate the fetus is growing), is essential in case you’ve had an early miscarriage. All of this information is crucial to determine whether you can have a medical or surgical abortion.

How Does It Work?

Once you’ve had an ultrasound and determined your pregnancy is less than 10 weeks along, you can begin the abortion procedure. You are given the first pill at the clinic. This drug is called Mifepristone (Mifeprex®). The drug blocks the production of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone is known as the “pregnancy hormone.” It helps the fertilized egg implant on the wall of your uterus. Mifepristone causes the lining of the uterus to thin and prevents the fetus from staying implanted. You are given the second drug, Misoprostol, to be taken at home. This drug causes cramping to expel the fetus from your body.

Risks and Side Effects of the Abortion Pill

Because there are risks with any abortion, it’s vital to be under a doctor’s supervision. Ask yourself a few questions. Is this doctor familiar with my health history? Do I know them and their qualifications? Who will take care of me if something goes wrong?

Potential risks of the Abortion Pill method include severe abdominal cramping and possible back pain. In addition, you can expect heavy bleeding with blood clots as you pass the fetus. There is also the concern of a fever, which could indicate a pelvic infection. Occasionally, your medical abortion is incomplete, and you will have to return to finish the procedure. It is illegal to purchase RU 486 online, so visiting an abortion doctor or clinic is necessary. If you have an IUD, take a blood thinner, have certain medical conditions such as kidney disease, or uncontrolled seizures, do not have a medical abortion.

Other Side Effects

An abortion has emotional as well as physical side effects. Often, women report feelings of guilt, shame, and sadness after an abortion. Some women become depressed and begin to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Many women internalize their feelings about their abortion and don’t talk with others about it. Post-abortion feelings can last a lifetime in some cases. It’s important to have counseling to work through your emotions.

Where Should I Begin?

First, by calling this method the “Abortion Pill,” there is already confusion and deception. If you want to fully understand this method, as well as others, contact First Step Women’s Center. We will confirm your pregnancy with our free pregnancy testing. After receiving a positive result, we can perform a free ultrasound to tell you how far along your pregnancy is.

Then, let’s sit down and discuss your many options. We want you to have all the facts and make an informed decision for your future. We’re here to help you!