What is a medical abortion?

What is a Medical Abortion?

Medical abortion is one method of termination many women seek out because of its convenience and low costs. If you’re seeking a solution to an unexpected pregnancy, here’s a deep dive into what a medical abortion looks like and who’s the best candidate for the procedure. 

Am I a Good Candidate For Medical Abortion?

Medical abortion is designed to terminate pregnancies up to 10 weeks gestation. After 10 weeks, a medical abortion will likely not be effective. 

So it’s important to know how far along your pregnancy is. If you’re unsure, Relate Care Clinic offers free and no obligation ultrasounds. An ultrasound will show exactly how old your pregnancy is and provide a path forward for accurate care.

How Does Medical Abortion Work?

Medical abortion uses the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy. Mifepristone is taken first, and it works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which causes the uterine wall to thin and the pregnancy to detach and stop growing. 

After 24-72 hours have passed, you’ll be instructed to take misoprostol. Misoprostol induces heavy bleeding, cramping, and uterine contractions to expel the pregnancy. Women often opt to take a few days off from work as the process runs its course. 

Side Effects to Watch For

Side effects from a medical abortion are typically mild but serious complications are possible. Women most commonly report feeling: 

  • Abdominal or stomach pain and cramping
  • back pain
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting

If you experience chest pains or a high fever with chills, be sure to let your doctor know right away. 

Risks to Be Aware Of

Serious risks are rare with medical abortions, but understanding what’s possible can help you decide the best plan of action. Risks associated with medical abortions may include incomplete abortion, prolonged bleeding, infection, fever, or digestive system discomfort. 

Finding A Path Forward

Only you can decide what’s best for your future. We understand struggling through a crisis pregnancy can be confusing and scary. 

That’s why the Relate Care Clinic is here to provide honest information about all your pregnancy options. Appointments are confidential and easy. You can reach us via our 24-hour hotline at 701-746-8866. 

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