In the face of an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering three options — parenting, adoption, and abortion. However, when you’re overwhelmed with feelings of worry, you might feel like abortion is the only real choice you have.
While the abortion pill is sold as a “quick fix,” it’s important to take the time you need to understand your options and evaluate the pros and cons of each so that you can make an informed and empowering decision for yourself and your future.
Two Pills Actually
The abortion pill is an abortion method available to women in the first 11 weeks of pregnancy. It’s a two-drug process that ends a pregnancy and causes a woman to miscarry.
How does the abortion pill work?
The abortion pill is actually two drugs — Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Mifepristone is typically administered at an abortion clinic or doctor’s office and inhibits the growth of the pregnancy by ceasing the natural production of progesterone.
The second pill, Misoprostol, is taken at home and causes contractions and the eventual miscarriage of the pregnancy.
Are there side effects to the abortion pill?
Yes, there are side effects you deserve to be aware of. The most common side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and heavy and persistent bleeding.
If you’re considering the abortion pill, take time to chat with a medical professional about your health history, potential side effects, and any additional concerns you might have.
What should I do before taking the abortion pill?
First, even if you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, you’ll need to confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality test.
Once your pregnancy is confirmed by a medical professional, you’ll want to schedule an ultrasound. This scan will provide you and your doctor with information regarding your pregnancy, such as the developmental stage, viability, and location within your body. All these results will determine what kind of abortion you’re eligible for and will empower you to make an informed decision.
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