The Abortion Pill: Facts You Need to Know

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The abortion pill is a controversial topic in many circles, with a lot of confusing and even misleading information out there. If you are exploring options to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, you deserve to understand exactly what this option is all about.

Many people confuse “the abortion pill” for “the morning-after pill,” also known by the brand name, Plan B. These are not the same thing. The term abortion pill actually refers to a medication abortion, and includes a series of two medications – mifepristone and misoprostol.

How Do You Get It?

A medication abortion is generally available up to 70 days after the first day of your last period. A doctor or nurse can provide the medications at the completion of an office visit, which will likely include lab work. If you are under 18 years old, Florida law requires that one of your parents be informed of your decision 48 hours prior your abortion.

How Does it Work?

Mifepristone blocks your body’s production of progesterone, a necessary hormone for a viable pregnancy. Misoprostol then causes your uterus to contract and expel the developing baby, embryonic sac and uterine lining. Within a couple weeks, you will return to the clinic to confirm if the abortion was complete.

What are the Side Effects?

You will experience heavy cramping and bleeding, possibly across several days. Some compare the experience to a miscarriage. Your breasts may be tender, and have some milky discharge. Other possible side effects include: dizziness, intense cramping, nausea, diarrhea and mild fever or chills

What are the Additional Risks?

Allergic reactions, infections, blood clots and excessive bleeding are all possible with a medication abortion, and can present a serious risk to your health and wellbeing. Of course, there are also the emotional risks associated with any form of abortion. Many women report post-abortion feelings of regret, anger, sense of isolation and even depression, among others.

Choosing the best path for your pregnancy is as much about understanding your options as it is about coming to terms with the emotional and spiritual implications. At Sira in Gainesville, our peer counselors are here to listen compassionately, answer your questions and connect you with helpful resources.

To explore your pregnancy options, contact Sira today at 352-377-4947.

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