A Woman's Concern

to Know

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be wondering if the abortion pill (or medication abortion) is right for you. Reviewing your medical history and receiving an ultrasound can help determine your eligibility for the abortion pill and also safeguard your health.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is made up of two different medications: mifepristone and misoprostol

Mifepristone is taken first. It blocks progesterone, the hormone that’s needed to sustain a pregnancy. 

Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later, and it works by causing the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy tissue. 

A Review of Medical History

Both drugs involved in a medical abortion are associated with risks and side effects, but adverse events are more likely if you have certain medical conditions or are taking specific drugs. In these instances, the abortion pill isn’t recommended. Examples of ineligibility for the abortion pill include: 

  • Being too far along in your pregnancy 
  • Having an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that’s happening outside the uterus)
  • Having an intrauterine device (IUD) in place
  • Being on steroid medication or blood thinners
  • Having certain medical conditions, including disorders or the heart, lungs, or kidneys

This list isn’t exhaustive, which is why it’s important to speak to a medical provider if you’re considering a medical abortion.

An Ultrasound

The abortion pill isn’t recommended for a pregnancy that’s further along than nine weeks (from the start of your last period). An ultrasound can determine the age of your pregnancy and also confirm that you’re not having an ectopic pregnancy. Knowing this information will help ensure that you don’t take the abortion pill when it would be considered unsafe to do so.

Next Steps

Thinking about the next steps after discovering an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming.  But you’re not alone. At A Woman’s Concern, we offer limited ultrasounds and pregnancy support resources that can empower you to make an informed decision. Contact us today for a confidential appointment.