What Are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering taking the abortion pill, it is important to understand its side effects. Your health matters, and it’s crucial to make an informed decision. 

First, let’s explain what the abortion pill, otherwise known as a medical abortion, really is. 

What Are the Medications Used for the Abortion Pill?

Two medications are taken during a medical abortion: mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone that helps to continue the pregnancy. It also prevents the embryo from continuing to be implanted in the uterine wall. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions to begin and expels both the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina. 

Are There Any Side Effects?

You may be wondering whether there are any side effects associated with the abortion pill. There are possible side effects that you should be aware of. Some can be mild, while others can be quite severe; every woman is different. 

These side effects include:

  • Chills 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever 
  • Headache 
  • Diarrhea
  • Vaginal bleeding (from misoprostol)
  • Cramping (from misoprostol)

If you are experiencing severe side effects, it is important that you receive medical treatment immediately. 

What About the Risks?

In addition to side effects, there are some risks that come with taking the abortion pill. These can be life-threatening, so you must see a doctor right away:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion (which may be followed by a surgical abortion)
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy (if the medications don’t work)

What if I Have More Questions?

If you have more questions about the abortion pill or would like to discuss the pregnancy options available to you, feel free to reach out to New Beginnings of Winchester. 

Our services and programs are free of charge. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!