Learn More About the Abortion Pill

At Crystal Women’s Clinic, we want to give you the facts about the abortion pill method. We’ll only provide professional medical information so you know what to expect.

The abortion pill is a medical abortion, two powerful drugs, mifepristone (distributed as Mifeprex®) and misoprostol, to end the pregnancy and cause contractions to expel it from your body.

If you’re considering an abortion, it’s important for your health and safety to always speak to a trusted medical professional to understand how the risks and side effects of abortion could have an impact on you.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

Medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill method, terminates a pregnancy through a medication regimen using mifepristone and misoprostol. These two drugs combined are also known as the abortion pill.

Mifepristone works to block progesterone, an essential hormone in pregnancy. This thins the uterine walls, causing the attached embryo to become detached.

Then, misoprostol causes contractions to remove the detached embryo and pregnancy tissue from the body through the vagina.  

Risks involved with this type of abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, where some of the growing fetal tissue remains in the uterus
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals with certain health conditions, pregnancy complications, or pregnancies past a specific gestational age will not qualify for this type of abortion.

Understanding your health and options is essential prior to having a medical abortion.

Qualifications For The Procedure

Although Minnesota has allowed women with pregnancies as late as 77 days to use the abortion pill method, the FDA recommends the abortion pill only be used for pregnancies 70 days or less from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period. 

Are you confident you know the day you got pregnant? You’ll want an ultrasound to confirm exactly how far along the pregnancy is and to verify that the pregnancy is not ectopic. A free ultrasound at Crystal Women’s Clinic will give you the necessary information.

Take Into Consideration

Compared with a surgical abortion, medical abortion takes longer to complete and requires more active patient participation as pregnancy expels outside of a clinical setting.

As this abortion is not completed in a clinic, it is advised to not be alone, have a support person with you, and have medical care accessible to you in case of complications. 

In addition, the Mayo Clinic cautions that “Having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives” (Mayo Clinic, 2021).

Contact us about this abortion procedure and others before you make your appointment. You need to be prepared physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

We’re here to talk openly about abortion and your other options. We care about you and want you to have the knowledge you need to make a confident decision. 

We inform, you decide!

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