Learn More About The Abortion Pill

At Robbinsdale, 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 medication abortion. It isn’t a “take-a-pill-and-your-problems-are-over” procedure. It uses two powerful drugs, mifepristone (distributed as Mifeprex®) and misoprostol, to end the pregnancy and cause contractions to expel it from your body.

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 your pregnancy should be 70 days or less from the first day of your last menstrual period. 

Are you confident you know the day you got pregnant? If not, you’ll want to have an ultrasound. A no-cost ultrasound at Robbinsdale will get you the information you need.

Safety Cautions:

The first drug used in the abortion pill method is only available through a restricted program. The instructions with the prescription state, “WARNING: SERIOUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL INFECTIONS OR BLEEDING.” 

Before the pandemic, the only way to receive the abortion pill method was by visiting a doctor or clinic. It’s now available to order online. However, the Federal Drug Administration cautions, “Do Not Buy Mifeprex Over the Internet. You should not buy Mifeprex over the Internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health.” (FDA, 2021) 


The Process

When a woman becomes pregnant, her body increases a hormone called progesterone to help the pregnancy thrive and grow. The first drug you take in the abortion pill method is mifepristone (Mifeprex®). This drug blocks the uterus from absorbing progesterone. Without this hormone, the pregnancy cannot survive.

The second drug, misoprostol, is typically taken 24-48 hours after the first drug. Both drugs cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping to expel the fetus. 

The Side Effects

According to the Mayo Clinic, these are some of the symptoms of taking the abortion pill:

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

In addition, the Mayo Clinic states that mifepristone (Mifeprex®) causes you to bleed and have cramps for about 2 to 4 weeks.

Potential Risks

The Mayo Clinic lists the possible risks you may be taking:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) writes “Clinicians should counsel patients that medication abortion failure rates, especially continuing pregnancy rates, increase as gestational age approaches 10 weeks (70 days).” (ACOG, “Medication Abortion” 2021)
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Take Into Consideration

Not only will you be alone during your abortion procedure, but you also won’t have immediate medical attention if something goes wrong. 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 not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well. 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. 

Call us today!