Are You Considering The Abortion Pill?
The abortion pill is not just one pill, and you’re done. It’s a two-step process consisting of two powerful drugs taken over a 24-to-48-hour period. The Abortion Pill(s) are taken for a medication abortion. The Abortion Pill should not be confused with the morning-after pill.
The hormone progesterone is required to maintain a normal pregnancy. The first drug blocks the uterus from absorbing progesterone which interferes with the life-support for the embryo or fetus.
The second drug is taken hours or days later. This drug causes uterine contractions, which expels the remains of the embryo or fetus and placenta.
For your safety, you must understand the side effects and potential risks of the abortion pill.
Undergoing a medication abortion is a serious decision that can affect you mentally and physically. The FDA states that women who take the abortion pill commonly experience the following physical side effects in addition to vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping:
- Back Pain
To be fully informed, it is essential to consider less common but more serious complications following a medication abortion.
- Incomplete abortion which may require a follow up surgical abortion
- Prolonged/Heavy bleeding
The Mayo Clinic states, “Having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences.” If you’ve had an abortion and are experiencing symptoms of depression or severe anxiety, please consult a mental health professional. Call us. We can refer you to a mental health professional in our area.
When Can I Get A Medication Abortion?
On August 25, 2022, the Texas Human Life Protection Act became effective. This law states that abortion is legal only “under limited circumstances, such as a life-threatening condition to the mother caused by the pregnancy”.
As a result, medication abortions are no longer legal in Texas.
We can help you understand your current legal options. Make an appointment to receive a no-cost pregnancy test. In most cases, you will also qualify for a free ultrasound to determine how many days/weeks you have been pregnant.