First off, medical abortion terminates a pregnancy through prescribed medication commonly mifepristone and misoprostol. The first drug is normally taken at your doctor’s office. This pill, which often doesn’t have any side effects, aims to detach the embryo from the uterine wall. Hours later, or depending on your doctor’s instructions, you take the second pill, normally in the comfort of your own home, to cause the uterus to expel the embryo. Common side effects of this drug are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and bleeding which can last for a couple of weeks. Abortion pill has a success rate of 95 percent. In rare cases when it is not successful, a surgical abortion is required to complete the process.
The great thing about medical abortion is that it is a non-invasive process making it a more private option of terminating a pregnancy. For the most part, you’ll be in the comfort of your own home. It also gives women a sense of control and they can even choose to have someone with them the whole time. Also, since it is a non-invasive treatment, surgery and the use of anesthesia are avoided in most cases. In addition, the “passing” mimics miscarriage or heavy menstruation making the whole thing appear more natural minimizing the guilt feelings in in most women. On the downside, medical abortion, unlike surgical abortion takes longer to complete.
Abortion is considered safe and is even said to be 10x safer than childbirth. However, as with surgical abortion, there are associated health risks. You should contact your provider if you experience heavy non-stop bleeding for two consecutive hours. Also, if you feel sick, or if you feel nauseous and you want to throw up, with or without fever a day after taking misoprostol, you should call your doctor. Finally, if you develop a fever lasting for more than 4 hours in the days after the treatment, this could be a sign of infection. Seek medical help right away.
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