The Abortion Pill: What You Need to Know

The Abortion Pill: What You Need to Know

If you are considering abortion, sometimes the abortion pill can seem like the easiest way to end a pregnancy. But before you decide, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. 

The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill, also known as Plan C or “self-managed abortion,” has been available in the US since 2000. It is often mistaken for the morning after pill, or Plan B, which is an emergency contraceptive. 

The abortion pill can be used up to 10 weeks gestation.  The process begins with confirmation of pregnancy, which includes a positive pregnancy test and ultrasound to determine gestational age and viability.  Anyone considering abortion needs to know if the fetus is in the uterus, the gestational age, and the presence of a heartbeat (viability of pregnancy).  

The next step involves taking a series of pills. The first pill is Mifepristone, or Mifeprex. It works by blocking the effects of progesterone, the hormone which aids in the fetus’ growth and development. Two days later, the second pill, Misoprostol, or Cytotec, is taken.  It works by causing contractions in order to deliver the deceased fetus.

These pills are taken at home rather than under the oversight of a physician. In fact, you will see, and be responsible for disposing of, the aborted fetus’ remains.

What to Expect

Common Results and Side Effects

Painful cramping and vaginal bleeding are expected. Serious side effects from the combination drug may include: heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, hemorrhage, infection, sepsis, and maternal death.  

According to the FDA

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “as of December 31, 2018, there were reports of 24 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal.” An FDA report states that over 4,000 women in the U.S. have been injured taking Mifepristone. 

Women with an ectopic pregnancy, an IUD, signs of pelvic infection, allergy to Mifeprex or Cytotec, previous C-section, high blood pressure, asthma, and use of blood thinners should not take the abortion pill as it may be harmful.

If you take the first pill, Mifepristone, and change your mind about abortion, it may not be too late. If given the proper care in enough time, the abortion pill can be reversed. If you are in that situation, you can call the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline at (877) 558-0333. 

According to Abortion Clinics

Abortion clinics advertise the abortion pill as a discrete, simple way to end a pregnancy with very few side effects.  But the reality is anything but simple and painless.  If you are considering the abortion pill, Birth Choice provides free pregnancy testing and ultrasound in a compassionate and caring environment to help you make the best decision regarding your pregnancy. We will also discuss your pregnancy options with you and any information you need to know about abortion

To make an appointment at Birth Choice, call 731-664-8443 or click here

Kim’s bio:

Kim Mayer, RN, is the Director of Nursing at Birth Choice. She enjoys helping women navigate the journey of an unplanned pregnancy.

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