The Abortion Pill
If you’re considering the abortion pill, you’ll want to make sure you have medically accurate information before heading to the abortion clinic. Below are some common questions women have when considering the abortion pill.
What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is a method of abortion that uses medication to end an early pregnancy. You may sometimes hear it referred to as “medical abortion” or “chemical abortion”. This abortion method consists of two pills which are taken in sequence to terminate the pregnancy. The FDA has approved the use of the abortion pill for women who have a confirmed pregnancy and are within the first 10 weeks after their last known menstrual period.
How does the abortion pill work?
The abortion pill uses two different medications to end and remove the pregnancy. The first pill is taken to block the hormone progesterone, which is needed for a healthy pregnancy to continue. This medication causes the cervix to soften so that the second pill can pass through easily. The second drug is then taken, which induces early labor and causes the uterus to contract, leading to cramping and bleeding. The second pill will expel the embryo and pregnancy tissues from the uterus within hours of taking it.
In some cases, both medications may be taken in one dose or split into two doses taken 24-48 hours apart. A follow-up appointment or ultrasound is often recommended to ensure that all of the pregnancy tissue has been expelled.
The entire process usually takes about two weeks to complete but can take longer depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy when taking the pill.
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Is the abortion pill safe?
Overall, medical experts agree that using this type of medication is generally safe, if taken according to instructions from a doctor or healthcare provider. Many physicians caution taking the abortion pill at home without on-site medical supervision. And a follow-up appointment is recommended to ensure the abortion was successful and without complications.
What are the side effects of the abortion pill?
Side effects of taking the abortion pill include those similar to what a miscarriage may feel like. These side effects can last around 2 weeks after taking the pill.
- Cramping and heavy bleeding with large clots
- Spotting that can last for several days or weeks after taking the medication
- Upset stomach (including nausea and/or diarrhea)
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Fever or chills (you’ll want to call your doctor right away if you experience a fever, as it could be a sign of infection)
Are there any risks of taking the abortion pill?
As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks involved. These risks could include:
- The pill not working
- Blood clots in your uterus
- Infection and sepsis
- Some of the pregnancy tissues left in the uterus after the procedure is complete
- Bleeding too much or too long
- An allergic reaction to one or both of the medications
Can the abortion pill be ordered online?
Some medical professionals and abortion clinics offer telehealth visits, which may allow you to receive the abortion pill through the mail, or at your local pharmacy; however, this option depends on the state you live in. If you are able to order the abortion pill online, you will still need to consult with a doctor who is licensed to prescribe the medication.
You will also need to receive pregnancy testing for pregnancy verification, as well as an ultrasound to confirm exactly how far along your pregnancy is (and to ensure there are no other complications) before taking the abortion pill. Insight Pregnancy Services offers this pregnancy verification at no cost.
When can I take the abortion pill?
The abortion pill procedure can be done up to 10 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP).
If your pregnancy is past 11 weeks, Insight can help answer your questions about other second-trimester or late-term abortion procedures and give you information and resources for alternative pregnancy options.
Do I have to have my parent’s permission to get the abortion pill if I’m under 18?
In the state of Michigan, if you are under 18, you are required to have written consent from at least one of the parents or legal guardian to obtain the abortion pill.
However, if you are a teen and need help with an unplanned pregnancy, Insight does offer free help and 100% confidential support. You do not need to notify your parents to receive help with your pregnancy options from Insight Pregnancy Services.
How much does the abortion pill cost?
The price of the abortion pill can vary depending on the state you live in, the medical facility where you purchase the pill, and whether you can use health insurance. Typically, the cost for the abortion pill can range anywhere from $350-$700+.
Can I get pregnant again after taking the abortion pill?
Unless you had a serious complication that was left untreated, there should be no risk to future pregnancies if you have taken the abortion pill.
Can the abortion pill be reversed?
Women who begin the process may experience feelings of regret or anxiety. Reversal of the abortion pill may be possible, as long as action is taken after the first dose. A progesterone treatment often used to prevent miscarriages may be able to help. If you have recently taken the abortion pill and have questions about reversal, call Insight for more information.
Considering the Abortion Pill?
Insight Pregnancy Services does not perform or refer women for elective abortions, however we provide a safe space for you to learn about all options available (including abortion) to you so you can make the best decision for yourself.