Abortion Pill Side Effects

Abortion Pill Side Effects

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, being informed about each option is how you can come to an empowering decision for your body and your health, and the abortion pill is no different. Part of making a confident decision is knowing the abortion pill side effects that you may experience if you choose to take it.




What is the abortion pill?

Also known medically as RU-486, the abortion pill is a two-dose process. The first pill is usually taken while at the doctor’s office while the second is taken while at home between 1 to 2 days following the first one. The abortion pill must be prescribed by a doctor and is not available over the counter.

What are the abortion pill side effects?

The abortion pill, like any medical procedure, comes with side effects that you need to be aware of. Some abortion pill side effects are more common, while others are more serious and require immediate medical attention.

Common side effects include:

  • Heavy bleeding/cramping
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Fever/chills
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

Serious and potentially long-term side effects include:

  • Infection/sepsis
  • Allergic reaction
  • Blood clotting
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Incomplete abortion

Though it is rare, some severe reactions as a result of this medication, like infection, can be fatal. It’s important to note that the abortion pill will not treat an ectopic pregnancy.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition where the egg implants itself somewhere other than the uterus like in a fallopian tube. The only way to determine whether you have an ectopic pregnancy is through an ultrasound, which Pregnancy Support Center can provide you with at no cost.

Considering the abortion pill?

When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, there is a big decision to make ahead of you. It’s a very personal and often difficult decision. If you’re thinking about the abortion pill, we encourage you to be cautious if any of the following are true:

  • Your pregnancy is further along than 10 weeks
  • You are morally opposed to abortion
  • Someone is pressuring you into an abortion
  • You will refuse to have a surgical abortion should the medication fail
  • You have a blood clotting condition and/or are taking blood clot medication
  • You struggle with anxiety, depression, or other have emotional issues

Not sure what to do?

If you are not sure how you feel about abortion or any of the other options, you aren’t the first one. An unexpected pregnancy can cause you to feel anxious and overwhelmed. If you want to talk more about your circumstances and your options, Pregnancy Support Center offers options advising services completely free of charge. We’ll listen to your fears, provide you with the information you need, and support you no matter what.

No woman should have to walk this path alone. Learn more about our no-cost services or schedule an appointment with us today.

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