What Is the Abortion Pill?

You see the positive pregnancy sign, and you are at loss for words. Unplanned pregnancy has a way of turning your world upside down, but you are not alone.

If you’re considering the abortion pill, you deserve to know the facts. The abortion pill, also known as medical abortion, is a serious abortion procedure with possible health risks. Be informed today so you can determine if this is the choice for you.

How does the Abortion Pill Work?

There are two drugs used in the medical abortion process (the abortion pill): Mifepristone and Misoprostol. If you are contemplating an abortion, confirm how far along you are today with a free ultrasound at our center to understand what options are available to you.


This first drug is normally taken at a doctor’s office or abortion clinic. Mifepristone works to block the progesterone hormone produced in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Blocking this hormone prevents the embryo from implanting or growing.


Misoprostol is the second medication taken during the abortion pill process and is typically taken at home. This drug causes the uterus to contract and release the embryo through the vagina.

Health Risks of Abortion Pill 

With every major medical procedure comes serious physical risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, the possible risks of medical abortion include:

  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Digestive system discomfort

Confirm Your Pregnancy

It’s essential to understand where your pregnancy stands before making your pregnancy decision. You will need to verify how far along you are, the location of your pregnancy, and confirm viability to determine what your options are. An ultrasound will confirm these details and also alert you to any potential complications. 
Schedule a free and confidential appointment today to confirm your pregnancy. We offer pregnancy tests and ultrasounds at no cost to you.