Abortion Pill Information

When first realizing they are facing an unplanned pregnancy, many women experience a flood of emotions: shock, fear, panic, even dread. They often feel alone and overwhelmed, and therefore it’s natural to want to look for a way to make the problem go away as quickly as possible.

There has been so much in the news and media in recent years about the abortion pill, and to many women, it seems like the fastest and easiest abortion option out there. 

Unfortunately as is the case with most “quick fixes” in life, what seems to be quick and easy may not actually be so. There are things women need to know about the abortion pill before determining if it is a safe and effective answer to their unique situation. 

First, let’s look at what the abortion pill actually is. Even though this abortive method is commonly referred to as a “pill” (singular), it actually involves the use of more than one medication in a two-step process. Typically, a woman takes RU-486 prior to taking misoprostol. Another similar medical abortion procedure (MTX) uses the medications methotrexate and misoprostol. 

Secondly, there are several other names or terms that are sometimes used to mean the same thing as the abortion pill. These include Plan C abortion, telemedicine abortion, medical abortion, chemical abortion, self-managed abortion, and self-induced miscarriage.

Third, regardless of the name used to describe this type of procedure, there are inherent side effects and risks involved for the woman. For this reason it is very important for women to be seen in person by a licensed medical professional to assess her overall health as well as to definitively identify the gestational age of the pregnancy by way of an ultrasound. (Calculating how far along the pregnancy is by the woman’s last period is often incorrect, and many women discover that they are farther along than they thought they were, which can affect whether the abortion pill is an option.)

At AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center, we can help you work through those feelings of fear and panic, so you can think clearly about your options. We can go over detailed information regarding all abortion procedures including the abortion pill. We can also perform a free diagnostic ultrasound to determine the gestational age of the pregnancy (as well as addressing other risk factors that could cause a problem with the abortion pill). 

Call 540.665.9660 (Winchester, VA area) or 304.726.6582 (Martinsburg, WV area) for your free, confidential pregnancy consultation. We welcome the opportunity to empower you to have all the facts before making your decision. 

(Not in our area? Click here to find a pregnancy resource center near you.)

Outside Sources Consulted: 

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information

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