Discovering an unexpected pregnancy can be nerve wracking. Questions about the future and all of the unknowns can drive a person to the edge of a mental breakdown. 

But even though a surprise pregnancy can be scary, you can be confident knowing that this new circumstance doesn’t alter your value as a woman. You are still so special, and your future can still be bright. You don’t have to live in fear.

The pregnancy might not have been your plan, but what you do with it is totally up to you. If you are considering the abortion pill, there are some things you should know. 

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

In Missouri, abortion is illegal. In order to get the abortion pill you will need to see a doctor in a different state who can prescribe you the pill series. You will need an ultrasound to confirm you are less than 10 weeks along before you can take the abortion pill.

The first pill you will take is called Mifepristone and works by blocking the natural hormone progesterone. This hormone is what thickens the uterine wall and creates a safe environment for your pregnancy to grow. Progesterone also acts like a vehicle that delivers needed nutrients to the uterus. When this hormone is cut off, the pregnancy can no longer survive. 

Next, you will take the second drug, called Misoprostol, which acts as a way to initiate a sort of early labor so that your body will “give birth” to the remains of your pregnancy. This can last for hours or days. Many women report heavy blood loss and extreme abdominal pain. 

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

It is important to see a doctor because the pill series is a strong medication and is not safe for everyone. 

There is a list of over 200 medications that should not be taken with the abortion pill. Certain types of birth control, like an IUD should also not be used with the abortion pill.

Risks of the abortion pill include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Incomplete abortion, where some of the pregnancy remains in the uterus
  • Pelvic shock
  • Diarrhea 

Can I Reverse the Abortion Pill?

If you have already taken the abortion pill and are having second thoughts, there may be time to reverse your abortion before the pregnancy is terminated. 

Some doctors have found success in giving progesterone hormone shots or pills that will counteract the effects of Mifepristone. According to the National Library of Medicine, 64-68 percent of women found success with no increased risk for birth defects. 

You must act within 72 hours of taking Mifepristone in order to stop the effects in time. If you are interested in reversing your abortion, call this hotline right away to get an appointment with a doctor near you who can help. 

Where Can I Learn More?

If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, you do not have to make a quick decision about abortion. 

We are here to help answer your questions, and can offer no-cost ultrasounds. Call us today to find helpful information and empowerment for your future.