If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering the abortion pill (also known as a “medical abortion”), it’s essential to understand the potential side effects and risks to protect your health. 

Read on to learn more about the abortion pill. Or, if you want to speak to someone in person about your pregnancy options, contact Pregnancy Help Center of South County to be connected to one of our caring team members. All appointments are no-cost and confidential.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill combines two different drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. These drugs work together to terminate the pregnancy and then expel it from the uterus and through the vagina. 

The abortion pill is only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is under 10 weeks. If your pregnancy is further along, this type of abortion isn’t recommended because risks are more likely to occur. It is essential to receive an ultrasound before seeking the abortion pill; this harmless scan can determine your pregnancy’s age and reveal other critical information you need to stay safe. 

What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

The drugs involved in the abortion pill will cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. However, you might also experience the following side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill comes with risks. Risks are adverse events that are rarer than side effects but also more dangerous. Since the abortion pill drugs are taken at home, you must be aware of the risks. They include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Next Steps

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel scary, but you’re not alone. At Pregnancy Help Center, we’re here for you. We offer free pregnancy resources and information that can help you make a confident decision about how to move forward. We also provide no-cost, limited ultrasounds, which are needed before seeking a medical abortion to ensure your safety. Contact us today to schedule your confidential appointment.