The abortion pill, also referred to as a “medical abortion,” is only FDA-approved if your pregnancy is 10 weeks gestation or under.

This is why it’s critical to get an ultrasound before seeking the abortion pill. An ultrasound will help determine your pregnancy’s gestational age while also giving you other essential information you need to stay healthy. (At Vie Medical, we offer free, limited ultrasounds.)

It’s also important to learn all you can about the abortion pill to determine if it’s right for you. This article will highlight the essentials you need to know. But if you’re looking for more information about your options or free, supportive services, contact us today.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is actually a combination of two powerful drugs. 

The first drug, mifepristone, causes your uterine lining to shed, which starves the pregnancy of nutrients. 

The second drug, misoprostol, causes your uterus to contract, expelling your pregnancy out through the vagina.

How Will I Feel After Taking the Abortion Pill?

After taking the abortion drugs, you will experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. Some women report that the pain is unexpectedly severe. 

However, you might also experience a risk, which is rare but can be potentially life-threatening and include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which is when parts of the pregnancy remain in your uterus
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

You’re Not Alone

Facing an unplanned pregnancy and trying to navigate your options can feel overwhelming. But you’re not alone in this. Are Vie Medical, we’re here for you.

We provide essential support services free of charge because we believe that every woman deserves to have what she needs to make a healthy, informed pregnancy decision. Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.