What is the abortion pill, and who is a candidate for it? If you’ve recently asked these types of questions, this article is for you. 

The abortion pill is a form of pregnancy termination designed for women no more than 10 weeks pregnant. If that’s you, keep reading to find out how the abortion pill works and the potential side effects to prepare yourself for. 

How It Works

The abortion pill is made up of two separate drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is given first and works by blocking progesterone, the hormone responsible for sustaining and growing the pregnancy. 

After 24-48 hours, misoprostol is prescribed to expel the pregnancy from the uterus. Misoprostol causes strong, period-like stomach cramps and causes you to have a very heavy period as you pass the pregnancy. 

It is essential to schedule a follow-up appointment with a healthcare professional after passing the pregnancy. This step protects women from potential infections or other post-abortion complications. 

Side Effects To Watch Out For

We’ve discussed that you need to prepare for painful stomach cramps and heavy bleeding, but the abortion pill can create other physical side effects such as: nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea, or dizziness. If any of these symptoms become severe, please reach out to a medical professional immediately. 

While not only associated with the abortion pill, abortions in general have been documented to increase women’s likelihood of experiencing certain emotional side effects. Having a circle of friends you trust can greatly improve your mental health following an abortion.

Safety Precautions 

If you are planning to take the abortion pill, take precautions to only get the pill from a licensed medical professional. Ordering the abortion pill online puts women at risk of ingesting drugs that have not been tested or approved by the FDA. Drugs that have not been approved by the FDA can be less effective and potentially leave women with an incomplete abortion.  

You Have a Choice 

It’s a common misconception that an abortion is the only solution to an unplanned pregnancy. The truth is women have options. If you have questions with any of the above information or would just like someone to talk to, Mendo Lake Women’s Clinic is a safe place. 

At MLWC, our staff will be professional and sensitive to your unique situation. Our clinic offers many no-cost services to women-in-need every single day. Make an appointment when you’re ready by texting (707) 272-3051. 

You are not alone, and we’re here for you every step of this journey.