If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering the abortion pill as an option, it’s important to know all the facts before making a decision. 

The abortion pill isn’t recommended for every situation. Read on to learn more about how the abortion pill works and situations when it’s not recommended. 

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill, also referred to as a “medical abortion,” is actually a combination of two different drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol.

When you’re pregnant, your body creates more of the hormone progesterone, which is needed to sustain the pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, causing the pregnancy to end.

Misoprostol is taken after the first drug. It causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through the vagina.

Potential Risks of the Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is associated with risks, which include hemorrhaging (bleeding too much), incomplete abortion (which occurs when pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus), and infection. 

While not everyone will experience these risks, certain conditions or situations make these risks more likely. If any of the following situations apply to you, the abortion pill isn’t recommended

  • You have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place.
  • You have a history of bleeding disorders or severe anemia.
  • You don’t have access to an emergency room.
  • You have heart, kidney, or lung disease.

This isn’t a complete list, which is why it’s vital to speak to a trusted medical professional before considering the abortion pill.

Next Steps

Along with speaking to a medical professional about your personal history, it’s also important to get an ultrasound to safeguard your health. 

An ultrasound can confirm that you are in fact pregnant, and it will also reveal significant information, including the location of the pregnancy—this is important to ensure you’re not experiencing a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy

You’re Not Alone

We understand that facing an unplanned pregnancy can be scary and make you feel isolated, but we’re here for you. At Cleveland Pregnancy Center, we’re here to listen, and we offer pregnancy resources that can help you make an informed decision about next steps. Contact us today for a free, confidential appointment.