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What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

May 29, 2023

What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

You may have heard of the abortion pill, otherwise known as a medical abortion, before. This type of abortion procedure is used up to 10 weeks of pregnancy and consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone and prevents the embryo from continuing to be implanted, while misoprostol expels the embryo and pregnancy tissue from the body. 

The abortion pill may sound like a relatively simple, straightforward procedure, but there are risks associated with it that you must know. If you go into the procedure without knowing these risks, your health may be threatened. 

What Can Happen After the Abortion Pill?

Every woman experiences things differently, and medical abortion is no exception. Sometimes, women may have serious side effects, while other times, these side effects are mild. Regardless of which category you fall under, knowing the side effects as well as the possible risks will allow you to stay informed and better protect your health.

Side effects of the abortion pill include:

  • Cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache

If these side effects increase in severity, you should seek medical help as soon as possible. Don’t delay!

While a medical abortion may not seem particularly complicated, like many procedures, there are risks you should be aware of. These include:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion (which may be followed by a surgical abortion)
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the medications don’t work)

If you’re experiencing any of these, don’t ignore them and assume that they will improve over time. They could be indicative of more serious complications. Contact your doctor or visit the nearest emergency room immediately.

What if I Want to Know More?

If you have questions about the side effects of the abortion pill or would like to know more about your pregnancy options, reach out to Woman’s New Life Clinic. All of our services are offered in a safe, confidential environment, and we offer free, professional counseling to better help you make a decision.

Contact us today to learn more! You aren’t alone.