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Thinking About the Abortion Pill?

Thinking about the abortion pill

When you become pregnant unexpectedly, you might feel like you don’t have any options or like abortion is your only choice. But how much do you actually know about the abortion pill?  Before you visit an abortion clinic, make sure you have all the information you need in making this important decision. Keep reading to learn more about the abortion pill, then contact The HOPE Center by calling 770-924-0864 or texting 770-214-4317 to schedule your free pre-abortion assessment.

Is the Abortion Pill an Option For You?

The first thing you need to know when you’re thinking about the abortion pill is whether or not it’s even an option for you. Medical abortion is only an option for women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant, which means you need to know how far along you are.

The only accurate way to get this information is through a pregnancy confirmation ultrasound, which The HOPE Center provides free of charge. After you take a pregnancy test with a positive result at our clinic, you can get a free ultrasound to provide a more accurate gestational age. Our limited obstetrical ultrasound can tell you whether your pregnancy is viable and give you an expected due date. We also offer ultrasounds through our Mobile Ultrasound Unit.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

Another important part of considering abortion is knowing how the abortion pill actually works. You should always know how whatever you take will affect your body, especially with something as impactful as an abortion.

Many women don’t know that the abortion pill is actually two pills, each containing separate drugs and taken at different times. The first pill, Mifepristone, causes the developing fetus to detach from your body, removing its source of nutrients and oxygen. The second pill, Misoprostol, causes the fetus to be expelled from your body. 

When you visit a doctor for the abortion pill, he or she will usually perform a physical examination and ask you about your medical history. The doctor will then administer the first pill (Mifepristone) and send you home. In some cases they will send the second pill (Misoprostol) home with you to be taken later; other doctors may require you to come back to the office to pick it up. In both cases, you will need to return to the doctor’s office after a few weeks for a follow-up visit to make sure the abortion is complete. While some abortionists may not offer the follow-up visit, it is highly recommended that you request one to ensure that nothing remains in your uterus to cause infection.

Abortion pills have several side effects to be aware of. Many women experience painful cramps, heavy bleeding, headaches, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. The bleeding and cramping may last several days after you take the pills. Emotional side effects may be experienced as well, such as feelings of guilt or grief; this is sometimes also referred to as Post Abortion Syndrome. The HOPE Center continues to be a great resource if you find yourself facing some of these feelings at any time after your abortion.

Contact Us Today

At The HOPE Center, we provide women in Woodstock, Georgia with professional medical care and education in a confidential and compassionate environment. All our services are confidential and free of charge, so call today at 770-924-0864, text 770-214-4317, or request an appointment online for non-judgmental support in your pregnancy decision. 

Additional Resources:

Mifepristone Information:

https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm111323.htm

Mifepristone Side Effects:

https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm492705.htm

Miscarriage Statistics:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pregnancy-loss-miscarriage/symptoms-causes/syc-20354298

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