What are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill may seem convenient, but it does come with risks to your physical and mental health. Women may experience infection, heavy bleeding, sadness, and grief after this pregnancy decision. 

We know the pressure you may feel to make a quick decision about your unplanned pregnancy, but it’s vital to understand your options. Consider the risks before taking your next step.

What is the Abortion Pill?

Known by many as medical abortion, the abortion pill involves two different abortion drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. The first drug, mifepristone, causes the lining of the uterus to thin, as it blocks the womb from absorbing progesterone, a hormone made during pregnancy. Then, misoprostol works to contract the uterus and expel the pregnancy. 

It’s essential to note that medical abortion is only recommended for women up to 10 weeks pregnant. Otherwise, surgical abortion is necessary.

The Risks of the Abortion Pill

Physical Risks

As a serious medical procedure, medical abortion presents physical risks to your health. Some of the common risks, according to the Mayo Clinic, include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn't work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Emotional Risks

There are just as many mental health risks as physical risks when it comes to abortion. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, women experience different emotions after an abortion. 

Common emotions women feel after abortion are guilt, sadness, emptiness, and relief. There have been other psychological effects reported by women after their abortion, including depression, grief, anxiety, lowered self-esteem, regret, attachment, flashbacks, and substance abuse.

Prior to Abortion

Now that you know some of the physical and mental risks, only you can ultimately make the final pregnancy decision. 

Before an abortion, you will first want to confirm your pregnancy with a pregnancy test and ultrasound. We offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasound referrals to help you determine what type of abortion you’re eligible for.

Schedule a free and confidential appointment today to learn more about abortion and your options. While providing free and confidential resources, we will come alongside you and support you during this time. You are not alone.

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