Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming and make it seem like you need to rush into a decision to gain some stability. But if you’re thinking about the abortion pill, it’s critical to know that this option comes with risks to your health.

Read on to learn more about these risks. Contact A Woman’s Concern today if you want to talk to someone in a safe, non-judgmental space. All appointments and resources are free and confidential. 

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is actually a combination of two different powerful drugs.

The first drug, mifepristone, is a progesterone blocker. Without this essential hormone, your uterine lining will loosen and shed, causing your pregnancy to detach and end.

The second drug, misoprostol, causes your uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy.

How Might I Feel Physically After Taking the Abortion Pill?

The abortion drugs will cause abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Some women have reported the pain they experienced was unexpectedly severe. 

However, you might also experience other side effects, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

Abortion pill risks are rare, but they do happen. They can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. These risks include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

How Can I Protect My Health? 

You’re more likely to experience an abortion pill risk if you meet certain criteria (like being further along than 10 weeks gestation or having an ectopic pregnancy). 

The best way to protect your health before an abortion is to receive an ultrasound. This scan is the only reliable way to help determine the gestational age of your pregnancy and its location. 

At A Woman’s Concern, we care about your health, which is why we offer free limited ultrasounds. 

Contact us today to schedule your confidential appointment. You’re not in this alone. We’re here for you.