Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering the abortion pill? 

If so, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and worried about the future. All of this is understandable, but it’s important to learn all you can about how the abortion pill works and the associated risks so that you can make an informed, safe decision. 

This article will highlight the essentials you need to know about the abortion pill. Keep reading to learn more.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

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The abortion pill is actually a combination of two powerful drugs. 

The first drug, mifepristone, blocks progesterone. Without this vital hormone, your uterine lining loosens and sheds, causing your pregnancy to end.

The second drug, misoprostol, causes your uterus to contract, expelling your pregnancy out through the vagina with abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding.

What Are the Physical Risks? 

Incomplete abortion is the primary risk associated with the abortion drugs. An incomplete abortion happens when parts of the terminated pregnancy remain in your uterus, and it can lead to a potentially life-threatening infection. 

Other risks of the abortion drugs include:

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

What Are the Mental Health Risks?

All types of abortion (the abortion pill as well as surgical abortion) come with risks to your mental health. 

According to a study that looked into the link between abortion and mental health complications, it’s clear that “at least some women do have significant mental health issues that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by their abortion experience.” 

In addition, if you feel at all pressured into an abortion, have a preexisting mental health condition, or have conflicting moral beliefs, you are more likely to experience a negative mental health impact after an abortion.

You’re Not Alone

Navigating an unplanned pregnancy can feel isolating, but you’re not alone in this. At The Hope Clinic, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn about all the ways we’re here to help.