Medical abortion or abortion pill involves taking two types of prescribed drugs to end a pregnancy. The first drug is the mifepristone which causes the embryo to detach from the uterine wall and is often taken at the doctor’s clinic. Most women don’t feel any side effects after taking the pill. About 6 to 72 hours later, at home, the woman takes the second pill, the misoprostol, which will cause the womb to contract and eventually expel the embryo. It could be taken either bucally or vaginally. Within 1-4 hours, there would be bleeding which indicates that abortion has started although for some women, it may take longer. The bleeding can be heavy with clots when you are passing the pregnancy. After that, it may go on and off and will be lighter in the coming weeks. Aside from bleeding, there will be cramps as well which can be mild to very strong and may be on and off during the abortion process. Pain medication can ease the pain. Other side effects are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. About a week or two later, a follow-up appointment is required to determine if abortion is indeed complete.
Pregnant and planning to have an abortion? Educate yourself about the procedure before going ahead to ensure that you get the right quality treatment that you deserve. Visit Mid Cities Pregnancy Center webpage today for more information.