Suppose you are exploring options for an unplanned pregnancy and are considering a medical abortion. 

In that case, you’ll want to explore how to determine if you’re eligible, how the procedure works, its potential risks, and any medical screenings you’ll want to take before taking the medication.

How Does A Medical Abortion Work?

A medication abortion, also called the abortion pill, is a series of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is an antiprogestin that blocks progesterone hormone levels from reaching the fetus. This prevents fetal growth and development, so the pregnancy ends

24-48 hours later, misoprostol, the second drug, is taken. This induces uterine cramping so that the fetus and pregnancy tissues are expelled, so they don’t cause infection. 

What are the Risks of a Medication Abortion?

Cramping and vaginal bleeding are common side effects of medication abortion. If you find yourself bleeding excessively, you should seek immediate medical attention.

According to Mayo Clinic, you may also experience:

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

Confirm Pregnancy Viability

Understanding your eligibility is crucial if you are considering an abortion. It’s important to note that medication abortion is only approved by the FDA for pregnancies up to 70 days (10 weeks) gestational age.

Ridgeway Women’s Clinic provides pregnancy tests and ultrasounds at no cost, which can help you confirm the age and location of your pregnancy and any potential health risks, such as an ectopic pregnancy. 

These two health screenings are recommended before getting an abortion medication.

We also offer confidential options consultations where you can discuss your pregnancy and any concerns you may have without feeling pressured.

We are here to support you on this journey.  Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment at either our Freeport or Rockford (Loves Park) clinic.