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If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you may be looking into your options, one of which is the abortion pill. It’s essential to get all the information you can to protect your health.

The abortion pill is a series of two drugs used to end a pregnancy. It’s also referred to as a medical abortion.

Life Options Clinic is here to provide you with all the facts you need to know about the abortion pill and provide you with free pregnancy services. Reach out to us today.

How Does It Work?

The abortion pill is FDA-approved through ten weeks gestation (how far along you are), making it an option for women early in pregnancy.

Despite the name, the abortion pill is actually a series of two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone is used to block the hormone progesterone, while misoprostol acts by expelling the pregnancy and its related tissue from the uterus.

Typically, the abortion pill is taken at home. You would first take mifepristone, then 24-48 hours later, take misoprostol.

What Are The Side Effects?

After using these medications, you may experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. The intensity of pain varies for each individual, but many women describe it as severe.

Other side effects you may experience taking the abortion pill include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

What Are The Risks?

The abortion pill is a serious medical procedure. As with any medical intervention, it comes with physical risks to your health.

The most serious of these risks is an incomplete abortion, which would require a surgical abortion to remedy the situation. An incomplete abortion occurs when remnants of the pregnancy stay in the uterus. Without swift medical intervention, this condition can escalate into a serious, potentially life-threatening infection.

Here are a few of the other risks to be aware of:

  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Free Pregnancy Services

Life Options Clinic offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing, and more essential services you’ll want to take advantage of if you’re unexpectedly pregnant.

For instance, before seeking an abortion, it’s critical to get an ultrasound to get key details about your pregnancy that will unlock your options moving forward.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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