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Am I eligible for the abortion pill?

Checking your eligibility for any medical procedure is vital, especially when that procedure has side effects and risks. Medical abortion, or the “abortion pill,” is no different.

Taking the abortion pill when you don’t meet the medical protocol can lead to major complications and health risks. Be assured of your eligibility for this procedure by speaking with a medical provider and reviewing your complete health history.

What Does the Abortion Pill Do?.

Medical abortion terminates a viable pregnancy. The FDA has approved the use of mifepristone through ten weeks of gestation.

Two medications end the pregnancy during a medical abortion. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy.

Common side effects include:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills

With this procedure, you will always experience bleeding and cramping. Their severity depends on your situation. However, if something seems amiss, seek immediate medical treatment.

Ineligibility Factors

The abortion pill isn’t an option for some women. If any of these apply to you, speak with a medical provider beforehand:

  • You are too far along in your pregnancy
  • You have an IUD (intrauterine device)
  • You take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines
  • You have an allergy to abortion medications
  • You have a suspected ectopic pregnancy
  • You have certain medical conditions (i.e., uncontrolled seizure disorders, severe liver, lung or kidney disease)
  • You can’t access follow-up or emergency care

Before making any pregnancy decision, you should confirm key pregnancy details with an obstetric ultrasound, visit a medical provider, and review all pregnancy options. Knowing the facts about abortion procedures is crucial.

Unexpected Pregnancy?

Sage Women’s Center offers no-charge, private services for women facing unexpected pregnancies. These services include pregnancy testing, limited obstetric ultrasounds, and options consultations.

Contact us today to make an appointment. We’re here to offer the resources you deserve.

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