What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill


Like other procedures and medications, the Abortion Pill has associated risks that women should be aware of. Some of these risks include:

  • Incomplete Abortion
  • Infection/fever
  •  Abnormally heavy, prolonged bleeding

Speaking with a trusted medical professional or pregnancy center is helpful in understanding your options and risks while safeguarding your health.

What Is the Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill, also called a medical abortion, is a medication regimen that contains two different drugs: mifepristone and oral misoprostol.

Mifepristone works by obscuring progesterone, an essential hormone of pregnancy. When this occurs, uterine walls thin, detaching the embryo from the uterus.

Misoprostol works by inducing cramps and contractions, eventually leading to the body expelling pregnancy tissue through the vagina.

Is the Abortion Pill Right for You?

Discussing your health history, current conditions, medications, and receiving a complete physical exam is valuable to better understand how the Abortion Pill can impact your health.  According to the Mayo Clinic, this medication is not recommended for those who:

  • Have a pregnancy older than nine weeks.
  • Currently have an intrauterine device (IUD).
  • Have an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Have certain medical conditions that affect the blood, heart, blood vessel diseases, liver, kidney, or lungs, or have an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
  • Use blood thinner medications or certain steroid medicines.
  • Can’t receive follow-up care or don’t have access to emergency care.
  •  Are allergic to medications used.

Having a deep understanding of your health is important. Speak to a qualified medical specialist about any concerns or questions you may have before deciding whether medical abortion is right for you to protect your well-being.  

What Are The Risks of A Medical Abortion? 

The Mayo Clinic states there are complications associated with this procedure women should be aware of, including: 

  • Heavy bleeding (soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours)
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

According to the FDA, from 2000-2018, there were almost 4,200 adverse events related to Mifeprex (mifepristone). There were 1,042 individuals that required hospitalization, and 24 deaths occurred. These are statistics and concerns that should be brought up to a medical professional and considered when contemplating a medical abortion via the Abortion Pill. 

Who Can I Discuss My Options With?

To better understand all your options and what might be best for you and your health, we welcome you to make a free, confidential appointment with us at Bella Medical Clinic.

During some of life’s most unexpected moments, we’re here to help you and provide you with the care, respect and support you deserve.

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