Also referred to as the abortion pill, a medical abortion is a two-step process that works to terminate an existing pregnancy.

If considering this abortion option, protect your health by confirming your pregnancy. Not only is a pregnancy test important, but an ultrasound will confirm how far along you are and the viability of your pregnancy (if there is a heartbeat, rule out an ectopic pregnancy and gestation).

Two Drugs of Medical Abortion

The two drugs used in the medical abortion process are mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, causing fetal demise, and misoprostol induces uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy from the body.

What Are the Risks & Side Effects?

Medical abortion is FDA-approved through 10 weeks gestation. Women who have a medical abortion will have abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Here are other common side effects:

  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea

Common medical abortion risks include the following:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

Your Pregnancy Options

Before making a pregnancy decision, including abortion, you will want to confirm key details of your pregnancy. Our highly trained RNs use medical-grade, urine-based pregnancy tests for pregnancy.

You will want to have an ultrasound once you receive a positive pregnancy test with us. Along with providing essential pregnancy details, an ultrasound can alert you to a potential miscarriage or if you are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy.

If you’re considering abortion, it’s essential to speak with a medical provider about the risks and side effects of abortion. They can discuss your eligibility and give you a physical exam.

Schedule an initial pregnancy testing appointment with us today to get answers about your pregnancy. You are not alone. All our services are free.

We do not provide extended OB/GYN or prenatal care, fertility testing, abortion services, or referrals for abortion.