Am I Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

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Are you faced with an unexpected pregnancy and unsure about what options you have? You are not alone. 

 

If considering the abortion pill, it’s important to understand your pregnancy details. Be sure of your eligibility for this type of abortion procedure by speaking to your medical provider and reviewing your complete health history. 

 

Taking the abortion pill when you don’t meet the medical protocol can lead to serious complications and put your health at risk. Checking your eligibility for any medical procedure (the abortion pill) is vital, especially when that procedure has side effects and risks. 

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

Medical abortion, also called the abortion pill, terminates an existing, viable (has a heartbeat & is progressing) pregnancy. The FDA has approved the use of mifepristone through ten weeks of gestation. 

 

There are two drugs used in the medical abortion process. First, mifepristone blocks progesterone, ultimately ending the pregnancy. Second, misoprostol causes the uterus to cramp and expel the pregnancy through the vagina. 

 

You will experience abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding from this process. Other side effects include fever, diarrhea, headache, and chills. According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks of this abortion procedure include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion

  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn't work

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding

  • Infection

  • Fever

  • Digestive system discomfort

How Could I Be Ineligible?

For some women, the abortion pill is not an option, so it’s critical to visit a medical provider before going about this abortion. Talk to a medical professional about whether any of the following applies to you:

  • You are too far along in your pregnancy

  • You have an IUD (intrauterine device)

  • You take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines

  • You have an allergy to abortion medications

  • You have a suspected ectopic pregnancy

  • You have certain medical conditions (i.e., uncontrolled seizure disorders, severe liver, lung or kidney disease)

  • You can’t access follow-up or emergency care 

Before making any pregnancy decision, you should confirm these important pregnancy details with an ultrasound, visit a medical provider, and review all pregnancy options. 

Some medical conditions, allergies, and physical and mental health may disqualify you from an abortion procedure.

We Can Help

At Gianna’s House, we offer free self-administered pregnancy tests so you can begin your pregnancy confirmation journey.

 

We know how important it is that women receive accurate information in a safe environment. We are here to answer your questions and direct you to the appropriate resources.

 

Schedule a free and confidential appointment today.

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