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August 20, 2022

What is Medical Abortion?

There are two types of abortions; one type is referred to as a medical abortion. This method is used to end a pregnancy through a medication regimen. The regimen comprises a combination of two medications, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol.

How Does a Medical Abortion Work?

The two medications, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol are also known as the Abortion Pill. Mifepristone blocks additional progesterone (an essential hormone in pregnancy), and Misoprostol induces contractions to push out pregnancy tissue.

What Are the Risks and Side Effects?

The Mayo Clinic says, “Having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences.” Due to this, it’s essential to understand what risks and side effects can be experienced.


  • An incomplete abortion
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Infection and fever
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort

 Side Effects:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

According to the Mayo Clinic States This Procedure Isn’t for Individuals Who:

  • Are past 9 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Have an ectopic pregnancy which can only be confirmed through an ultrasound.
  • Have an IUD in place.
  • Have specific medical conditions such as blood clotting or seizure disorders, or certain conditions affecting the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidney, and lungs.
  • Do not have the ability to receive follow-up care.
  • Have allergies to the medications used.

Discussing your concerns and questions with a trusted provider or pregnancy center is important so you can make an informed decision when weighing your options.

What Now?

We understand this decision can feel overwhelming and complicated. We are here to help assist you in your journey. Your health and wellness are important to us, and we believe you should have all the facts to make the best decision. If you want to discuss your options or concerns with our caring staff, contact us today for your free, confidential appointment and allow us to be there for you.


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