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Abortion Pill Risks

Know the Facts:

Medication abortion involves taking two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is taken first by mouth. It blocks the action of progesterone, a hormone necessary for a successful pregnancy.

Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours after the first pill. It causes the muscles of the uterus to contract and push out the pregnancy.

DO NOT take the abortion pills if you are more than 10 weeks from your last period. The FDA has not approved it for use after 70 days (10 weeks).

DO NOT Take Abortion Pills If You:

  • Use an IUD
  • Are past 10 weeks from your last period
  • Have an ectopic pregnancy
  • Are miscarrying
  • Have anemia or bleeding disorders
  • Have liver or kidney disease
  • Have seizures or digestive issues

What To Expect and Possible Risks:

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Heavy and prolonged cramping
  • Large bloody clots the size of lemons
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
  • Fever, Chills, Headache
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Retained tissue
  • High complication rate:
    • 7% need addition surgical procedures
    • 85% report adverse reactions
    • Adverse effects reported to the FDA:
    • 8% of patients experience bleeding for 30+ days
    • 3,000 women had complications
    • 24 women died
    • 500 women were at risk of death

Online and Mail Order Abortion Pills Have Additional Risks:

  • No doctor assessing your health risks before taking this medication
  • No accurate dating of your pregnancy to be sure you are not past 10 weeks
    • Many women are incorrect about how far along they really are and the risk of death increases 38% with every week that passes beyond 8 weeks
  • No ultrasound to rule out life-threatening ectopic pregnancy
  • No physical exam to rule out miscarriage
    • Up to 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage
  • No Rh-negative treatment if needed which could affect your future family
  • No follow-up to confirm you are no longer pregnant and to assess blood loss
  • It is illegal to order abortion pills online in many states
  • No guarantee about the quality of the pills
  • No guarantee that the pills aren’t being forced upon women without their consent

If you decide to take the abortion pill and then have second thoughts… it may not be too late!