Abortion Pill Facts

The abortion pill seems to be shrouded in mystery. What is it? How does it work? Are there any side effects?

One thing’s for sure — abortion is a serious medical procedure and women who are facing an unexpected pregnancy should be empowered with the facts and information they need to make an informed choice.

Your friends at The Pregnancy Clinic are here to help!


What is the abortion pill? 

The abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion, is a chemical approach to ending a pregnancy within the first 11 weeks of gestation. A medical abortion uses two pills to induce a miscarriage and expel the pregnancy from the uterus.

How does the abortion pill work?

Mifepristone, the first medication, is usually administered at an abortion clinic or doctor’s office and prevents the production of progesterone. Progesterone is the naturally occurring hormone that keeps the pregnancy healthy and growing. Without it, the pregnancy cannot survive.

Once Mifepristone ends the pregnancy, the second medication, Misoprostol, is taken to force contractions and expel the pregnancy. Misoprostol is taken at home about 24-48 hours after Mifepristone, meaning the abortion is usually not completed in a medical setting.

Women can expect to pass the pregnancy tissue in the form of large blood clots, sometimes as large as a lemon.


What are the side effects of the abortion pill?

Women can typically expect to experience abdominal pain, intense cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding.

Additionally, the abortion pill can result in more serious, and sometimes fatal infections, and lasting mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.1

What should I do before I take the abortion pill? 

Women considering the abortion pill should first receive a lab-quality pregnancy test from their local pregnancy center. Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you should schedule a no-cost ultrasound, which will give you essential insight into your pregnancy that will help clarify your abortion options and identify any significant risks you should be aware of.

The Pregnancy Clinic is here to help you navigate this challenging season and provide you with no-cost healthcare and options counseling so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your future!

  1. Reardon DC. The abortion and mental health controversy: A comprehensive literature review of common ground agreements, disagreements, actionable recommendations, and research opportunities. SAGE open medicine. 2018;6: 1–38. 10.1177/2050312118807624 . [PMC free article] [PubMed] [CrossRef] [Google Scholar]

Which Type of Abortion is Safest? 

In the face of an unplanned pregnancy, you may be overwhelmed by the many options and choices ahead of you. As you decide what’s best, it’s important to take the time you need to understand your various options and the pros and cons of each. You may be to a point where you are already wondering which type of abortion is safest.

Your friends at Pregnancy Clinic are here to help you navigate this season and the decisions you might be facing.

For women considering abortion, we’re here to inform you about the risks and side effects of the various abortion options so you can be empowered to make the best decision for you and your future.

What are my abortion options?

There are two main types of abortions — medical and surgical — and your eligibility for abortion depends on the stage of your pregnancy.

A medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is a two-pill process that chemically ends and expels the pregnancy from the uterus. This option is available to women who are less than 11 weeks along and is started at a doctor’s office and completed at home.

Surgical abortions use surgical means to end the pregnancy and extract it from the uterus. All legal surgical abortions are performed in a medical setting and the method of surgical abortion used depends on the stage of the pregnancy. Regardless of the level of development your pregnancy is in, the abortion procedure will involve some form of dilation, followed by an extraction using forceps or a suction device.

Is abortion safe?

Like any serious medical procedure, it’s necessary to be informed regarding the risks and side effects you might encounter during and after an abortion.

With the abortion pill, women should expect to experience symptoms like intense physical pain, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and heavy bleeding. In some cases, medical abortions can cause clotted blood, infections, and excessive bleeding.

Surgical abortions might also be accompanied by abdominal cramping, pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In addition to these more mild side effects, surgical abortions can come with serious risks like heavy bleeding, infection, and damage to the cervix, uterine lining, and other internal organs. The most severe risk of surgical abortions is death due to untreated complications.

For many women, the side effects related to abortion go beyond physical consequences. A side effect women should take into consideration involves an increased risk of long-term mental health issues as many women report their abortion caused or triggered mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.1

Similarly, some women report experiencing relationship issues following the abortion procedure with a 40-70 percent increase in breakups and divorces in post-abortive couples. In addition to romantic relationship issues, women also report difficulties bonding with their future children.2

What are my other pregnancy options?

For women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, abortion can seem like the only valid option. As you make your pregnancy decision, know that parenting and adoption are both empowering options that women just like you choose every day!

Pregnancy Clinic is here to help you walk through each option — abortion, adoption, and parenting — and provide you with the resources you need to make a decision you can feel confident in.

1. Reardon DC. The abortion and mental health controversy: A comprehensive literature review of common ground agreements, disagreements, actionable recommendations, and research opportunities. SAGE open medicine. 2018;6: 1–38. 10.1177/2050312118807624 . [PMC free article] [PubMed] [CrossRef] [Google Scholar]

2. Women’s Health After Abortion: The Medical and Psychological Evidence Paperback – April 1, 2002. Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy (Author), Ian Gentles (Author)

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Can I get the Abortion Pill over the Internet?

The real question is: Should you get the Abortion Pill over the Internet?  There are many reasons that you should NOT based on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)’s warnings:

  • It is illegal.  The FDA has said that the Abortion Pill is not available in retail pharmacies and not legally available over the Internet.  The FDA warns consumers they should not buy it over the Internet because they will bypass important safeguards designed to protect their health.
  • It is important to accurately date your pregnancy.  Your last menstrual period provides initial dating but may not be completely accurate.  An ultrasound can accurately date your pregnancy (find out about obtaining a free ultrasound).
  • It is important to check for and be able to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy.  An ectopic pregnancy is where the embryo has attached outside of the uterus.  This can cause a serious medical emergency.  An ultrasound can also check for this.
  • In some cases, very heavy vaginal bleeding will need to be stopped by a surgical procedure.  It is important to have accurate information on signs and symptoms and where to get care.
  • It is important that whoever provides the abortion pill should investigate the possibility of sepsis in those women who have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and weakness with or without abdominal pain after taking the abortion pill. These symptoms, even without a fever, may indicate a serious infection.
  • There are many women who medically should not take the abortion pill. 
  • As of December 31, 2018, there were reports of 24 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal.

If you have looked at purchasing the abortion pill over the Internet, you are probably feeling very desperate about your possible pregnancy.  Our clinic can help.  All of our services are free of charge.  Call or text us: 443.333.8856.

Learn more at the FDA Website: Questions and Answers on Mifeprex.

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Is the Abortion Pill as easy as it sounds?

When we think of taking medicine, we often picture something pretty simple:

  • Have a headache.
  • Take medicine.
  • Headache vanishes.

This is not how the Abortion Pill works. 

Many women are often surprised by the process and regret their choice of abortion procedure.  Here’s what you should know about the Abortion Pill process:

  • Two medications are taken 24-48 hours apart.  When and where they are taken depend on state laws.  Many abortion clinic web sites caution “not being alone” and knowing where to get “medical help in case of an emergency”.
  • The first drug, mifepristone, cuts off the progesterone and causes the death of the embryo (baby).  The second drug, misoprostol (taken a day or two later), causes contractions which expel the embryo, blood, and tissue from the body.
  • An office visit determines if the abortion succeeded or if a surgical abortion is needed.
  • Risks and side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, chills, fever, back pain, pelvic pain, rashes, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain, bleeding/hemorrhage, immune system suppression/infection/death, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.
  • Women sometimes have second thoughts after they take the first pill.  Although not a guarantee, we can sometimes help reverse the effects of the first pill.  Call this number if you are experiencing second thoughts: 1.877.558.0333.

If you are considering the abortion pill, we can provide a FREE pregnancy test confirmation and a FREE ultrasounds to determine if the pregnancy is viable (living) and how far along the pregnancy is (which affects if the Abortion Pill is an option). 

Call or text us: 443.333.8856.

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Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?

An abortion clinic may or may not offer an ultrasound before an abortion, though sometimes they do.  The real question is how could an ultrasound benefit you?  Let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s.


  • Viability Check: An ultrasound helps determine if your positive pregnancy test is really a living, growing pregnancy or just a response of hormones from a miscarriage.  If there is not a living, growing pregnancy, an abortion is not needed to end it.  The benefit here is clear: no emotional burden from having an abortion, no physical risk from having an abortion, no cost from having an abortion.   
  • Ruling out Ectopic Pregnancy: If an abortion is performed (whether by pills or surgery), it will not end a pregnancy growing outside of the uterus, known as an ectopic pregnancy (and sometimes known as a tubal pregnancy, if growing specifically in the fallopian tube).  If undetected (and especially if not suspected, thinking the abortion ended the pregnancy), an ectopic pregnancy can be a dangerous medical situation.  An ultrasound looks for where the pregnancy is located.
  • Determination of Size/Age of Pregnancy:  Abortion procedures vary depending on how far along the pregnancy is.  While the date of the last menstrual period provides an initial estimate, it is often corrected by the date/age discovered in the ultrasound.


  • At many abortion facilities, there is a fee for an ultrasound or insurance is needed. 

HOWEVER, at the Pregnancy Clinic, all of our services are FREE of charge.  We are able to provide a free, viability ultrasound if you have a positive pregnancy test and are considering abortion.

Text us today for your appointment: 443.333.8856.

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How much does an abortion cost in Maryland?

In Maryland, the cost of an abortion ranges from $390 to $1300.  The cost varies based on the stage of development of the baby and the type of pain medication or anesthesia used during the abortion.  Costs also increase if other medications are needed, such as if your blood type is Rh negative.

If you are concerned about the cost of abortion, The Pregnancy Clinic might be able to help. 

While we do not provide or refer for abortion, our services are all free of charge and are a good first step if you are facing a surprise pregnancy.  Our trained counselors can run a free pregnancy test for you—even if you’ve taken one at home.  If you are considering abortion, our sonographers can provide a free viability ultrasound to determine if your positive test is actually a pregnancy heading towards survival.  In some cases, women experience miscarriages before they even have an abortion. 

Knowing your test results, your viability status, and even talking through any questions you have could help you before making the appointment for an abortion and facing the expense. 

Our services are all free, so there’s no financial burden for you.  We also have three clinics in Annapolis, Bowie, and Severna Park with a variety of day and evening hours. 

Call or text: 443.333.8856.


Does the baby feel pain during an abortion?

Women and men considering abortion often ask whether the baby feels pain during the abortion procedure.  The age at which a fetus begins to feel pain is debated by scientists.  Unborn babies recoil away from stimulation during the abortion procedure, which demonstrates that the nervous system is experiencing a physiological stress response.  Some states have laws designed to protect unborn babies from abortion past a certain stage because of evidence of fetal pain.

A recent NIH study noted: “The threshold for tactile stimuli is lower at earlier stages of gestation. The pain inhibition mechanisms are not sufficiently developed during intrauterine development, which is another factor leading to increased intensity of pain in the fetus. All this points to the fact that the fetus is extremely sensitive to painful stimuli, and that this fact should be taken into account when performing invasive medical procedures on the fetus.”

If you are concerned about the effects of abortion for your baby, you are welcome to visit our clinic for a free ultrasound to determine if your pregnancy is viable (living) and to discuss the abortion procedure and your questions regarding it.  Text: 443-333-8856.