Chances are, if you are considering abortion, you have heard about the abortion pill. Although it may sound simple, there is a lot of information you need before making this decision. Abortion, any abortion, is a serious medical procedure. You owe it to yourself to get the facts.
What Is The Abortion Pill?
Although “abortion pill” is the popular name given to this procedure, it is not one pill. This method is considered a medication abortion, also called RU 486. You are only eligible for a medication abortion if you are less than ten weeks into your pregnancy. After that, you would need to have a surgical abortion.
It is a two-step process rather than just taking one drug. Before beginning the procedure, you need to have an ultrasound to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy, and if it is still viable. Since one out of every four pregnancies ends in a natural miscarriage, you may not need an abortion.
The Abortion Pill Process
To begin the abortion pill procedure, you take the first drug, mifepristone (Mifeprex®). This drug halts the production of the progesterone that the fetus needs to survive and grow, cutting off the lifeline to the growing embryo.
Because it is dangerous and highly regulated, Mifeprex is only distributed through a restricted program called MIFEPREX REMS. In fact, the warning label even notes, “WARNING: SERIOUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL INFECTIONS OR BLEEDING.”
After taking the Mifeprex, you are given the second drug, Misoprostol. This drug is taken 24 to 48 hours after Mifepristone. Misoprostol causes your body to cramp in order to expel the fetus.
Risks and Side Effects of the Abortion Pill
You should be under a doctor’s supervision when considering the abortion pill. Only get the medication from a licensed clinic. There are counterfeit medications that can be found but are not considered safe or legal.
The Mayo Clinic lists these as potential risks of the abortion pill method:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
These are the symptoms you can expect as well:
Signs and symptoms that may require medical attention after a medical abortion include:
- Heavy bleeding which could include soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours or passing clots as large as a lemon
- Severe abdominal or back pain
- Fever lasting more than 24 hours
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Other Side Effects
An abortion has emotional as well as physical side effects. Often, after a feeling of relief, women describe feelings of guilt, shame, and sadness. Some women become very depressed and begin to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. In certain cases, post-abortion feelings can last a lifetime, so counseling is extremely important to work through your emotions.
Where To Begin
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