Medical abortion (also known as the abortion pill) is a pregnancy termination method FDA-approved for use within the first ten weeks of pregnancy.

Read on to learn the essentials you need to know about medical abortion so you can make an informed choice. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy options, contact Mendo Lake Women’s Clinic to schedule your no-cost, confidential appointment. 

What Is a Medical Abortion?

A medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” involves taking two different, powerful drugs that work together to terminate a pregnancy and expel it from the uterus. 

The first drug, mifepristone, blocks progesterone in your body. This hormone is necessary for sustaining a pregnancy, and without it, the pregnancy ends. 

The second drug, misoprostol, causes your uterus to contract. This forces the pregnancy from your uterus and through the vagina.

Potential Risks

After taking medical abortion drugs, you will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. However, you’re also at risk for experiencing other physical complications, which include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which occurs when parts of the pregnancy remain in the uterus
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Your chance of experiencing one of these risks is greater if your pregnancy is further than 10 weeks gestation or you have a suspected ectopic pregnancy, among other factors

Ultrasound Protects Your Health

Before making a pregnancy decision, it’s critical to get an ultrasound. This simple scan can protect your health by revealing the following pregnancy details: 

  • Pregnancy age—This is a factor that can determine if you’re eligible for medical abortion.
  • Pregnancy location—This will reveal if you’re experiencing a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. If so, you’ll need emergency medical treatment as soon as possible.
  • Pregnancy viability—Roughly 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, so it’s important to know if your pregnancy is not showing signs of viability. If so, seeking medical care will help you avoid potentially serious complications.

You’re Not Alone

Facing an unexpected pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone—and you have options. 

At Mendo Lake Women’s Clinic, we’re here for you with no-cost resources, services, and information that can help you make an informed decision and feel supported along the way. Call us at (707) 463-1436 to connect with one of our caring team members today.