woman curious about the risks of abortion pill

Taking the abortion pill, like any medical procedure, has health risks you should know about before you decide to take it. It’s important to understand the possible side effects and what could go wrong. Being well-informed enables you to make a decision that aligns with your health needs and personal circumstances.

To get fully informed, talk with the client advocates at Ventura County Pregnancy Center. We can equip you with everything you need to know to make a confident choice. Contact us today.

What Is The Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion, is a series of two drugs. Mifepristone is used to block the hormone progesterone. Next, misoprostol is used to cause uterine contractions and expel the pregnancy and its related tissue from the uterus.

What Are The Side Effects?

The drugs used in a medical abortion cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. Some women report that it’s more severe than they expected. You may also experience:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

You might not be able to do your normal daily activities during this period, but you probably won’t need to stay in bed.

What Are The Risks?

The abortion pill is more than simply drugs you take; it is a serious medical intervention. The potential risks 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

While it’s rare for a medical abortion to affect future pregnancies, needing a surgical abortion increases this risk in some cases.

Safeguard Your Health And Wellness

Ventura County Pregnancy Center is here to walk with you during an unplanned pregnancy. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team can provide you with all the facts and get you free pregnancy services so you get the care you need.

Reach out to us to make a safe and confidential appointment in a non-judgemental space.

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