Medical abortion involves three steps. The first step is by taking the first drug, the mifepristone, at the doctor’s office. This drug causes the embryo to detach from the uterine wall. There are usually no side effects after taking this pill. The next step follows about two days after the first drug is taken. The woman takes the second pill, the misoprostol. The whole time, the woman can stay at home as long as there is an instruction guide from her doctor and a contact number that she can call anytime. After the first dose of the second pill, most women experience several side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and bleeding. The bleeding often starts within four hours after taking the pills, although for some women, it will start later. The bleeding is an indication that abortion process starts. As the process progresses, much heavier bleeding is expected. The cramping also becomes more severe. The longer the pregnancy, the more intense are the cramping and bleeding. They stop once abortion is complete.
In rare cases, no bleeding occurred. This means that abortion was not successful. In most cases, it will take 2 to 3 weeks before a pregnancy test will reveal a negative result. This is when the woman is required to visit her doctor to confirm if abortion pill is successful or not which is also the final step of the process. If it fails, the woman can try the abortion pill again after a couple of days or she will be required to have a surgical abortion.
When to seek help:
As stated, bleeding is one common side effect of medical abortion and is an indication that abortion is happening. It can go on for days or even weeks and it is still considered normal. However, it’s a different story when there’s heavy bleeding that lasts for more than 2-3 hours and soaks over 2-3 maxi sanitary pads in an hour. Seek medical help right away. More so if you are feeling dizzy or light headed as this means you’re losing more blood than what is considered normal. You should also seek medical help right away when a fever occurs for more than 24 hours as this could be the development of an infection as a result of an incomplete abortion. In general, however, abortion pill is safe with only less than 1% of women suffering from severe complications according to recent studies.
Abortion is a huge decision to make. Before you make any arrangement, visit Mid Cities Pregnancy Center website today to help you figure out if it is indeed the right path for you to take.