When you become pregnant unexpectedly, you might feel fearful, like you don’t have any options, or like abortion is your only choice. Before you visit an abortionist, make sure you have all the information you need to make this important decision. How much do you actually know about the abortion pill? Keep reading to learn more about the abortion pill, and then give Pregnancy Help Center South County a call at 314-894-9800 to schedule your free pre-abortion assessment.
Is the Abortion Pill an Option For You?
The first thing you need to know when you’re thinking about the abortion pill is whether or not it’s even an option for you. Medical abortion is only an option for women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant, which means you need to know how far along you are.
The only accurate way to get this information is through a pregnancy confirmation ultrasound, which Pregnancy Help Center South County provides free of charge. After you take a pregnancy test and receive a positive result at our office, you will be offered a free ultrasound which will provide a more accurate gestational age. Our limited obstetrical ultrasound can also tell you whether your pregnancy is viable. This is important to know in order to protect your health, as about 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
Another important part of considering abortion is knowing how the abortion pill actually works. You should always gather detailed information prior to ingesting any medication or know how whatever you take will affect your body, especially with something as impactful as an abortion.
Many women don’t know that the abortion pill is actually two pills containing separate drugs and taken at specific, separate intervals. The first pill, mifepristone, causes the developing baby to detach from your body, removing its source of nutrients and oxygen. The second pill, misoprostol, causes the baby to be expelled from your body.
When you visit a doctor for the abortion pill, he or she will usually perform a physical examination and ask you about your medical history. The doctor will then administer the first pill. Depending on the doctor and the facility, they may send the second pill (along with instructions) home with you. Some facilities may require you to come back to the office to pick it up instead. While some abortionists may not offer a follow-up visit, it is highly recommended that you request one to ensure that the abortion is complete and nothing remains in your uterus to cause infection.
As with any medical procedure, the abortion process comes with side effects. Many women experience painful cramps, heavy bleeding, headaches, nausea, and flu-like symptoms as the pregnancy is terminated. The bleeding and cramping may last several days after you take the pills while your body expels the contents of the uterus.
Contact Us Today
At Pregnancy Help Center South County, we provide women in St. Louis, MO with professional medical care and education in a confidential and compassionate environment. All our services are confidential and free of charge, so call today at 314-894-9800, text 314-856-2115, or request an appointment online for non-judgemental support in your pregnancy decision.