What is a Medical Abortion?

Medical abortion is one example of a method used to end a pregnancy. It’s a serious decision, so you should educate yourself on this option’s risks and side effects.

Making a fact-based decision will help you make a choice that considers your health and safety. We’re here to discuss your options with you.

Make a free and confidential appointment at New Beginnings of Winchester today.

What Happens During a Medical Abortion?

Medical abortion occurs in early pregnancy–it’s FDA-approved through 10 weeks gestation. It uses two drugs to end a pregnancy.

The first drug is called mifepristone, which blocks a hormone called progesterone. Progesterone is vital to the pregnancy’s growth and development. Without it, the uterine lining will thin, and the pregnancy will detach and end.

The second drug, misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract. These contractions expel the pregnancy and related tissue from the vagina.

Will There Be Side Effects?

Taking abortion drugs always causes abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. These side effects can range from mild to severe–every woman will have a different experience.

You could also experience other side effects, including:

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

What Are the Risks?

It isn’t guaranteed that you will experience a risk when taking abortion drugs. However, you should always be aware of possible issues and speak with your healthcare provider about any concerns.

The risks associated with medical abortion include:

  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Infection
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require surgical treatment)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

What Would Disqualify Me From Taking These Drugs?

Reviewing your medical history with your healthcare provider is an essential step.

Certain factors could disqualify you from taking these abortion drugs, including:

  • Having an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place
  • Having a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • Being too far along in your pregnancy (past 10 weeks gestation)
  • Having medical conditions like certain heart or blood vessel diseases, severe liver, kidney, or lung disease, bleeding disorders, or an uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Taking a blood thinner or specific steroid medications
  • Being unable to visit your provider for follow-ups or access emergency care
  • Having an allergy to the drugs used

There’s no shame in asking questions. Being proactive and discussing your health will help you make a more confident choice.

Here to Educate You on Your Options

New Beginnings of Winchester understands that discussing your pregnancy options can be difficult. We provide a loving environment where you can get the facts, ask questions, and learn information about each.

We don’t provide or refer for abortions. We’re here to ensure you’re adequately informed before deciding.

Make a no-cost, confidential appointment today to learn more.