What Is a Medical Abortion?

What is a medical abortion?

A medical abortion, also referred to as the “abortion pill,” is a combination of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. These work together to end a pregnancy and then expel it from the uterus. 

A medical abortion is only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under 10 weeks. If pregnancy is further along, the risk of complications increases. 

If you’re considering a medical abortion, it’s essential to understand how a medical abortion works, what to expect, and the potential associated risks. 

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How Does a Medical Abortion Work?

A medical abortion involves taking two different drugs that terminate a pregnancy and then force it through your vagina. 

The first drug, mifepristone, blocks progesterone in your body. Progesterone is the hormone that’s responsible for keeping your uterine lining thick to nourish the pregnancy. Without this hormone, the pregnancy is starved of nutrients and ends. 

The second drug, misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract. This causes the pregnancy to leave your uterus.

What Should I Expect?

The abortion pills are usually taken at home, not in a doctor’s office. This means that you will experience all side effects and potential risks without the oversight of a physician.

 While every woman’s body and experiences are unique, the following side effects are common after taking the abortion pills: 

  • Bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Cramping
  • Weakness
  • Fever/chills

You should also expect to see the pregnancy tissue that leaves your uterus. This can be overwhelming and emotionally difficult for some women.

What Are Potential Risks?

One of the main risks associated with medical abortion is an incomplete abortion. This is when parts of the pregnancy remain inside the uterus instead of leaving through the vagina. When this occurs, you’re at an increased risk of infection, which can become life-threatening. 

Next Steps

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel scary, isolating, and overwhelming. But you’re not alone. We understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to support you. We offer free pregnancy resources and a listening ear to help you feel empowered to make the best choice for yourself. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment in a caring, non-judgmental environment.