You may have heard of a medical abortion, or medication abortion, before. Medical abortion is the process of removing a viable pregnancy with two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone and preventing the embryo from implanting. Misoprostol causes contractions in the uterus and expels both the embryo and remaining pregnancy tissue through the vagina.
What Should I Know Before a Medical Abortion?
Choosing to have a medical abortion is a major life decision. Before making this decision, you should speak to a medical professional. It is important that you understand the risks associated with this procedure.
Sharing a list of allergies, currently used medications, and a health history would be valuable information to provide.
It is also crucial to verify that you are pregnant through lab-quality pregnancy testing and an obstetric ultrasound. Both of these services are available at Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic at no cost to you!
Who Cannot Have a Medical Abortion?
There are certain people who are not eligible for a medical abortion. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may not be able to have this type of abortion if:
- You have an IUD.
- You’re too far along in your pregnancy.
- You have certain health conditions.
- You have an allergy to the drugs used.
- You take a blood thinner or steroid medications.
- You have a suspected ectopic pregnancy.
If any of these criteria apply to you, it is important to speak with a professional prior to obtaining a medical abortion. Your health is important!
Still Have Questions?
If you are unsure about having a medical abortion or would like to explore your options, Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic is here to talk through these decisions with you! Our registered nurses will be happy to offer support and information.
Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, confidential appointment. We are here to help!