What Is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill is a combination of two drugs used to end an early pregnancy and expel it from the body. It’s the common name for a medical abortion, and it’s FDA-approved for use within the first ten weeks of pregnancy.

Are You Considering the Abortion Pill?

Visit Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque to receive early pregnancy services such as pregnancy testing and ultrasound and ask any abortion or pregnancy questions. We offer all of our appointments and services at no cost to you.

Keep reading for more information about the abortion pill.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The two drugs primarily used in a medical abortion are mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is the first drug, and it blocks the hormone progesterone in a woman’s body.

Hours or days later, a woman takes misoprostol. This drug will trigger the uterus to contract, causing abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding to expel the pregnancy and related tissue from the body. The whole process typically takes days.

A woman should follow up with a healthcare provider a week later to ensure her uterus is empty and the abortion is complete.

Putting Your Health and Safety First

Before taking the abortion pill, you should understand the potential side effects and risks. There are also certain conditions that could make the abortion pill unsafe for some women.

The abortion may not be advised for women who take certain medications, such as blood thinners, or have certain health conditions, disorders, or allergies. Also, if a woman has an IUD currently in place, she must get it removed before taking the abortion pill.

It’s imperative for a woman to evaluate her health history before starting the abortion pill.

Also, getting an ultrasound scan is advised to understand how far along they are (gestational age) and ensure they are within the FDA-approved 10-week window. They will also want to know whether or not they have miscarried or could have an ectopic pregnancy.

Schedule Your No-Cost Appointment

Are you located near one of our five center locations? Schedule an appointment at the Care Net center closest to you for free pregnancy testing and an ultrasound.

We can answer your questions and ensure you feel supported and informed. Schedule your confidential appointment today.

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque do not provide or refer for abortions.