When you become pregnant unexpectedly, you might feel like you don’t have any options or like abortion is your only choice. Before you visit an abortionist, make sure you have all the information you need in making this important decision. How much do you actually know about the abortion pill? Keep reading to learn more about the abortion pill, and then give Northtown Pregnancy Center a call at 716-800-2306 to schedule your free pre-abortion assessment.
Is the Abortion Pill an Option For You?
The first thing you need to know when you’re thinking about the abortion pill is whether or not it’s even an option for you. Medical abortion is only an option for women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant, which means you need to know how far along you are.
The only accurate way to get this information is through a pregnancy confirmation ultrasound, which Northtown Pregnancy Center provides free of charge. After you take a pregnancy test with a positive result at our office, you can get a free ultrasound to provide a more accurate gestational age. Our limited obstetrical ultrasound can also tell you whether your pregnancy is viable. About 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage, so an ultrasound is an important next step to determine if your pregnancy will continue or end on its own naturally.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
Another important part of considering abortion is knowing how the abortion pill actually works. You should always know how whatever you take will affect your body, especially with something as impactful as an abortion.
Many women don’t know that the abortion pill is actually two pills containing separate drugs and taken at different times. The first pill, Mifepristone, causes the developing baby to detach from your body, removing its source of nutrients and oxygen. The second pill, Misoprostol, causes the baby to be expelled from your body.
When you visit a doctor for the abortion pill, he or she will usually perform a physical examination and ask you about your medical history. The doctor will then administer the first pill and send you home. In some cases they will send the second pill home with you to be taken later; other doctors may require you to come back to the office to pick it up. In both cases, you will need to return to the doctor’s office after a few weeks for a follow-up visit to make sure the abortion is complete. While some abortionists may not offer the follow-up visit, it is highly recommended that you request one to ensure that nothing remains in your uterus to cause infection.
Abortion pills have several side effects as well. Many women experience painful cramps, heavy bleeding, headaches, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. The bleeding and cramping may last several days after you take the pills.
Contact Us Today
At Northtown Pregnancy Center, we provide women in Buffalo, NY with professional medical care and education in a confidential and compassionate environment. All our services are confidential and free of charge, so call today at 716-800-2306 or request an appointment online for non-judgemental support in your pregnancy decision.