Before taking any medication, knowing the side effects and potential risks is essential. Vomiting, fever, and diarrhea are a few of the side effects of the abortion pill. 

If you’re considering the abortion pill method for terminating your unintended pregnancy, learn about the other side effects and potential risks you might expect from taking the drugs.

How Does The Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill method is a form of medical or medication abortion. The procedure uses two drugs to terminate a pregnancy within 24 to 48 hours. 

The first drug is taken at the abortion clinic. It blocks progesterone, an important hormone needed for pregnancy growth, from being absorbed in the uterus. 

The second drug, taken at home, causes vaginal bleeding and cramping, expelling the pregnancy from the uterus.

The FDA has approved the use of the abortion pill method only when your pregnancy is 70 days or less from the first day of your last menstrual period. Do you remember the date your last period began?

What Are The Side Effects of The Abortion Pill?

According to the Mayo Clinic, The medications used in a medical abortion cause these side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Emotional problems

What Are The Risks of The Abortion Pill?

The Mayo Clinic suggests the possibility of several complications:

  • Serious reaction with other drugs you may be taking
  • Severe vaginal bleeding which may require a surgical procedure
  • Serious infection
  • Changes in heart rhythms
  • Adrenal gland problems such as darkening of the skin, dizziness, or weakness
  • Psychological trauma from the procedure, especially if you’re past 70 days

You also run the risk of an incomplete abortion the further you are in your pregnancy.

Free Testing Before Your Abortion

There is more information you need before contacting an abortion clinic. To know if you qualify for the abortion pill, you need to know how long you’ve been pregnant. 

In addition, experts say up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Did you know it’s possible to get a positive pregnancy test and already have miscarried?

The best way to learn this information and more is with ultrasound. At Pregnancy Clinic Maryland, we offer free lab-quality pregnancy testing and free ultrasound. 

Contact us online or visit the closest clinic in Annapolis, Bowie Crofton, or Severna Park. Every location offers free pregnancy testing, and we can schedule you for a free ultrasound if medically indicated. Together, let’s sit down and talk about your options.