Abortion Pill – A Few Basic Things to Know Before Choosing This Option

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A medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is a form of surgical abortion that some women have undergone through a stringent procedure. The common term for it is ‘the abortion pill’, and there are typically two kinds.

They are induced for reasons such as to terminate a pregnancy and are different from other options such as the morning-after pill, which is a birth-control pill, click here for more information regarding this form of pregnancy prevention.


How Does an Abortion Pill Work?

A medical abortion uses medication to terminate any pregnancy that is inside of 10 weeks or also known as the ‘first trimester. It does not need any form of surgery but rather the pill is designed to do this for you.

It is usually started inside of your general practitioner’s office or one can take it at home and visit the GP afterwards, as follow-up visits are essential at this stage.

This is a crucial type of decision and cannot be taken lightly, there are both physical and emotional aspects to consider with it. This is mainly due to the side-effects, and complications that this form of conclusion has, which we will look at below.

There could also be possible risks involved and anyone thinking about getting it done should always consult a medical expert in the field.

How it begins is by taking the first pill, which is known as ‘mifepristone’. Thereafter, a second one is given to the patient, known by two names, either Cytotec or misoprostol.

This procedure is not a cheap one, it can cost up to $800 depending on the area you live in, in Charlotte its best to ask at the pharmacy or your local medical clinic regarding the costs before partaking in it.

The reason why these two pills are given to the patient is to decrease any complications while increasing the effectiveness of it.

You need to book an appointment possibly online or via phone call and your GP will advise you of any further steps to be taken. Different people have different experiences with it, to find out more this resource can help give you an idea:

The basic idea behind it is, when you take Mifepristone, the first of the 2 pills, it blocks progesterone which leads to the lining of the uterus breaking down, which in turn terminates the pregnancy.

After you have taken this first pill, and between 24 to 48 hours, you will then take the second pill – misoprostol and this will help to contract the uterus, thereby expelling both the embryo and the uterine lining.


Who Can take The Abortion Pill?

This is not something that anyone can take or a procedure that anyone can opt for, there are a few criteria, as mentioned below.

Those women who are under 10 weeks into their pregnancy are qualified to take this pill. If however, you have passed 10 weeks, you may opt for a surgical procedure instead.

Others that should or should not choose this are:

Women with any pre-existing medical conditions or those who aren’t too keen on having thesurgical abortion option, if the pill is not effective.

  • those on long-term corticosteroids
  • or those with certain genetic diseases
  • women who have amass on their ovaries
  • if your fertilized egg is implanted outside of the womb, putting you at risk
  • those who are not able to understand the procedure or how to follow the directions
  • women who have their placenta developing abnormally or a molar pregnancy
  • women who have heart, kidney, or liver problems
  • who will not have access to emergent medical treatment and facilities
  • if you have severe adrenal gland problems
  • those who are using an IUD(Intrauterine device) cannot take it unless it is first removed
  • anyone with bleeding disorders, or if you are taking anticlotting medications

If you’re wondering how effective this option is, according to statistics it has been proven to be 98% effective, however, there may be some aspects that may affect the outcome, such as your age, the doses of the medication and whether you have been pregnant before or not.

The closer to 10 weeks you take the pill the less effective it gets, so the advice is to go for it as soon as possible and as early as possible.


Side Effects of The Abortion Pill

As with most medications, this too may have side effects. Depending on the option you go for, the pill or the surgery, you can experience cramping and excessive bleeding, passing blood clots and this could last for up to 2 weeks after the process is over.

Some women reflect other common side-effects:

  • Going through bouts of Diarrhea
  • Frequently visiting the toilet
  • Having a bout of vomiting and nausea
  • Having hot-flashes abruptly and last for a short time
  • Having headaches and feeling dizzy as well

It is normal to have slight bleeding or spotting for up to 4 weeks after the second pill or surgery, and one can also get pregnant again after this. The best way to handle such a situation is to consult one of the many abortion providers in Charlotte who can guide you to take the best option that’s right for you.

Whether you experience discomfort immediately or later, it is always recommended to book an appointment with your GP sooner rather than later for both the process of removal as well as a few weeks after its all over.

Some women feel like it resembles a ‘miscarriage’ and thus it leans towards a more natural option and one advantage is there are no anesthetics required.

However, as mentioned previously, it is not 100% guaranteed to work and the cramping and bleeding for weeks after may not be everyone’s cup of tea! Always think twice before undergoing such a procedure to be safe and help heal your body and also make sure you have a few weeks off work to recover. However, as the saying goes – prevention is always better than cure!

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