What Is The Abortion Pill Method?

The abortion pill method is a form of medical or chemical abortion. It uses two drugs over a 24 to 48-hour period to terminate a pregnancy.

The FDA has approved this method through 70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period.

Mifepristone, the first drug, blocks progesterone, a crucial hormone during pregnancy. This hormone is necessary for the fetus to stay implanted in the lining of your uterus.

Without progesterone, the uterine lining does not provide the developing fetus with food, fluid, and oxygen. As a result, the pregnancy ends.

The second drug, misoprostol, stimulates the uterus to contract and expel the fetus.

FDA Guidelines state you must return to the abortion clinic for a follow-up exam two weeks after taking misoprostol. You need to confirm whether or not the medical abortion was successful. If the abortion was incomplete, any parts left behind could cause an infection and permanent injury.

Side Effects And Risks Of The Abortion Pill

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many side effects and risks to be aware of with a medication abortion.

Side Effects

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache


  • 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 lasting more than 24 hours
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Severe abdominal or back pain

Possible Emotional Side Effects

  • Loneliness / Withdrawal
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Alcohol and/or drug dependence
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationship Problems

Is Abortion Right For Me?

Before you schedule an abortion, we recommend the following:

  • Consult a doctor about your medical history
  • Take a lab-quality pregnancy test
  • Confirm your positive result with ultrasound – to rule out an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage and to identify how far along you are in your pregnancy
  • Lab work
  • STD/STI testing
  • Physical exam

With 1 in 4 pregnancies ending naturally in miscarriage and 1 in 50 being ectopic, scheduling an ultrasound can protect your health and safety. Both of these conditions will require medical treatment other than abortion.

Schedule an appointment today with a member of our medical team to learn more about abortion and all your options. You deserve to be prepared and know the truth. We’re here to provide the answers you need.

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