Abortion pill is commonly the term used for medical abortion in which two prescribed drugs are used to end a pregnancy. The first drug, the mifepristone, which is taken at the doctor’s office causes the embryo to detach from the uterine wall. In many cases, this won’t bring any side effects. The second pill, the misoprostol, is taken approximately 2 days later causing the uterus to contract eventually expelling the embryo. This medicine has side effects. Although they can vary from woman to woman, the most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, cramps, and bleeding. The bleeding can last for days and even weeks.
Not too long ago, abortion pill required several visits to the doctor’s office. Over the years, most doctors come up with a safer and lower-dose regimen that require lesser appointments. These days, you only go in at least twice, one for the first medicine and the other one for follow up visit. The second medicine can be taken at home with strict instructions from your doctor and a contact number that you can call anytime.
Abortion is similar with spontaneous miscarriage in terms of experience. This is why most women feel less guilty about it. It is also more private and less intrusive compared to surgical abortion. The success rate for medical abortion is 95%. In cases when it doesn’t work, which is rare, the woman can take the medicine again. Or she will be required to have surgical abortion particular when the process isn’t complete 2 weeks after taking the pill.
Ideally, abortion pill is used for pregnant women who are within 4-7 weeks after the first day of their last menstrual period. It is not recommended for those who are past the 12th or more weeks of pregnancy as the risks of serious complications are higher the more advanced the pregnancy is.
Pregnant and considering abortion? Visit Mid Cities Pregnancy Center webpage to help you explore your abortion options so you can make informed choices later on.