When considering an abortion, it is important to make an educated decision and we are here to help you!

The abortion pill is also known as RU-486 or chemical abortion or Plan C. The pill has recently increased in popularity and accounts for 40% of abortions each year.  Women are choosing to take the pill over getting a surgical abortion because it appears to be easier and less invasive.  Initially, the pill may seem less intimidating than a surgical abortion, but it is not as simple as it seems.  It is important to know all of the facts before making a decision about your pregnancy.

How the pill works: 

The abortion pill is a combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol. One tablet of mifepristone is first taken to block the effects of a hormone called progesterone, cutting off nutrients to the baby. 6 to 48 hours later, four tablets of misoprostol are taken to expel the baby from the woman’s body. If you regret your abortion after taking the first dose, it may not be too late.  The abortion pill reversal can be taken 24-72 hours after taking the first pill.

To learn more go to https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/ 

If you are considering taking the abortion pill, it is important to be aware of common side effects (fda.gov):

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Cramping
  • Fever
  • Difficulty getting pregnant or carrying to a full term in future pregnancies

Importance of getting an ultrasound:

Whether you are interested in continuing your pregnancy or getting an abortion, it is important to get an ultrasound to know how far along in your pregnancy you are.  The pill can only be taken during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy.  If you are farther along in your pregnancy than you thought, the abortion pill could be dangerous to take and ineffective.  An ultrasound can determine when you conceived so that you can make a safe decision for yourself. 

Also, an ultrasound can rule out an ectopic pregnancy. This is when the embryo lodges outside of the uterus. This is important to diagnose early or the fallopian tube may burst. An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening if not treated.

To schedule an appointment for a free ultrasound go to https://heartbeats.org/contact/ 

Include a medical professional in the process: 

A trusted healthcare provider that is familiar with your medical history is advisable.   If you choose not to involve a medical professional and need to go to the emergency room, it is important to tell them that you took the abortion pill so that they can accurately treat you. 

If you have already taken the abortion pill, you will need to have an examination with your doctor 2 weeks after.  There is potential to have an incomplete abortion and this can cause an infection and future complications. A follow-up appointment with your doctor will ensure that you receive the care that you need. 

If you are pregnant, you may feel pressured by yourself or others to act quickly. Take the time to make a safe and healthy decision for yourself.  The abortion pill may seem like an easy fix to a problem, but after an abortion, a new range of issues, emotionally and physically, can arise.  Only you can decide what is best for you. 

For more information on different types of abortions go to, https://heartbeats.org/your-options/abortion/
To receive a free and confidential abortion pill consultation go to https://heartbeats.org/contact/ 

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