FAQ Women Often Have When Considering The Abortion Pill
If you are in early pregnancy and are not sure you want to give birth, then you may be considering the abortion pill, also known as a medicated abortion. This can be a safe and effective way of terminating a pregnancy. However, you probably have a few questions you'd like answered before you decide whether this approach is right for you.
When can you take the abortion pill?
The abortion pill can be used in people who are in their 10th week of pregnancy — and of course, it can also be used at any point before this. The earlier you take the pill, the more likely it is to be effective. If you opt to take it a bit later, closer to 10 or 11 weeks of pregnancy, your doctor will generally prescribe you an extra dose, which will bring the effectiveness back up to the level experienced by people in earlier pregnancy.
To gauge where you are in your pregnancy, you need to count the days since your last period. So, for example, if your last period was 35 days ago, then you are five weeks pregnant.
What is in the abortion pill?
There are a lot of untrue rumors about what the abortion pill contains. It does not contain any toxic heavy metals or so-called "poisons." Rather, it works by providing your body with certain hormones that trigger your uterus to detach from the fetus. Then, the fetal tissue leaves your body, much like a heavy period. The two medications used are called mifepristone and misoprostol. Neither medication is new. Both have been used, in lower doses, for purposes other than abortion for years.
What happens after you take the pill?
Although it is referred to as "the abortion pill," a medicated abortion actually consists of the patient taking two pills. The first, which contains mifepristone, blocks the release of progesterone in your body. This stops the fetus from continuing to grow. You won't feel or experience much of anything after taking this pill. The second pill, which contains misoprostol, causes your body to release the fetal tissue. You'll feel like you're having a heavy period with some extra cramping. This process usually takes about 12 - 24 hours.
If you think the abortion pill might be right for you, talk to your doctor or an abortion service. For people who wish to terminate an early pregnancy, this is often the best approach.