The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill is a medical abortion. This type of abortion uses two drugs. The first medication blocks the progesterone hormone which is needed for pregnancy to continue. When used together with the second medication, it will end an early pregnancy (70 days or less since the first day of the last menstrual period or 10 wks LMP).
How is it taken? The FDA has approved a dosing regimen:
- on day one: the first medication is taken by mouth
- 24 to 48 hours after taking the first medication: the second medication is taken buccally (in the cheek pouch), at a location appropriate for the patient
- about seven to fourteen days after taking your first medication: follow-up with the healthcare provider
The documented side effects of the abortion pill include abdominal pain, severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, fever, and chills.
Risks include seeing embryonic parts expelled, a possible life-threatening infection known as sepsis (severe systemic infection), some failing to abort (which may require an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination), undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, and possible hemorrhaging.
Information is lacking about the long-term mental health effects of a medical abortion, particularly, how women feel about giving themselves an abortion and seeing fetal parts expelled.
According to the FDA, some women should not take the first medication if it has been more than 70 days since the first day of her last menstrual period, or if she:
- has an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus)
- has problems with the adrenal glands (the glands near the kidneys)
- is currently being treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy (medications)
- has had an allergic reaction to the drugs used in the abortion pill, or similar drugs
- has bleeding problems or is taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drug products
- has inherited porphyria
- has an intrauterine device (IUD) in place (it must be removed before taking the first abortion pill dose)
Women who have taken the first abortion pill dose should follow their healthcare provider’s instructions including the associated risks and complications that can occur such as:
- sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting.
- abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever)
Though not as common, other medical abortions can include medications or lethal injections for late-term abortions. Each comes with its procedures and risks.
The Abortion Pill is now available by mail. Before taking the Abortion Pill or any other medication, get information from a trusted source so that you understand how it works and the possible side effects. Women have trusted the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic with pregnancy decisions since 2008.
A: You can get an abortion pill either through an abortion provider’s clinic or by an online mail source. For mail order, in most cases, a telehealth appointment is required and the medication for the abortion is sent directly to you without an in-person physical examination. A physical examination is important because it dates the pregnancy, rules out ectopic pregnancy, and determines viability (if you are at risk for miscarriage). At Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic you can receive a pre-abortion screening at no-cost by a medical professional.
A: Missed period pill is another name for the abortion pill. Some people may think it might help them psychologically if they’re unsure about abortion. Regardless of its name, you should know that it is an abortion.
A: If you’re having second thoughts after taking the first abortion pill, mifepristone, it may not be too late to keep your pregnancy. At the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic we provide the Abortion Pill Reversal at no cost to you. If you are interested in starting the reversal procedure, please call our Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline today at 877-558-0333. For more information, go to: www.abortionpillreversal.com.
What If I Have Second Thoughts?
Are you having second thoughts or regrets about your abortion decision? It may not be too late to change your mind. We can help. If you’ve taken the first dose of the abortion pill, there is an effective process for reversing the procedure, called abortion pill reversal. At the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic, this service is available at no cost to you.
Women have successfully continued their pregnancies and given birth to healthy babies after reversal progesterone treatment was given under doctor’s care. Any attempts to counteract the abortion pill should not be done without the assistance of a medical professional. The abortion pill reversal treatment is available at Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic. For more information or to make an appointment, go to: www.abortionpillreversal.com or call 877-558-0333.