Category: Considering a medication abortion?

Considering a medication abortion?

Considering a medication abortion, You will first need to confirm that you are indeed pregnant. By making an appointment at Lifeline, you will receive a pregnancy test as well as an ultrasound, both at no cost. If our medical team confirms that you are pregnant, you will have the opportunity to discuss your options and assess your needs with a professional.

When to contact a doctor?

Heavy bleeding can be life-threatening. Therefore, if a woman soaks more than two maxi pads per hour for 2 hours in a row, she should seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, some symptoms may indicate an infection. These are:

  • Nausea, vomiting;
  • Or diarrhea and weakness, with or without abdominal pain,

Even when the woman doesn’t have a fever, it is wise for her to call a doctor to make sure that she is safe.

What are the expected symptoms of the abortion pill?

In terms of symptoms, medication abortion has been compared to a miscarriage, which can be very painful. Cramping and bleeding (including passing large blood clots) are the two main effects a woman should expect. These symptoms usually happen after taking the second pill: misoprostol. For some women, the pain may not be much worse than a heavy period, but for others, it may be unbearable (even after taking the recommended nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

According to ACOG, “the most severe pain occurs approximately 2.5 – 4 hours after misoprostol use and lasts about 1 hour”. But keep in mind that everyone is different and that nobody can predict what each woman will experience.

In addition to cramping and bleeding, women need to be aware of the many other side effects of the abortion pill. These typically arise in the first two days of taking the two pills and include:

  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Fever/chills
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

Some women can go back to work a couple of days after taking the abortion pill, but others experience symptoms for weeks.

What is the abortion pill?

First and foremost, let’s retake a look at what the abortion pill is. Its name is tricky, as it, in fact, consists of two sets of drugs, called mifepristone and misoprostol. The first pill, mifepristone, blocks the natural progesterone that is produced by the body. Progesterone is necessary for the developing baby to stay attached to the lining of the uterus. The woman then takes misoprostol either orally or vaginally to provoke contractions and expel the embryo. It is important to note that experts strongly advise against using the abortion pill past 70 days (10 weeks) of pregnancy (counted from the first day of the last menstrual period) to avoid severe complications for the mother.

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