Am I Eligible for the Abortion Pill?

Considering the abortion pill? It’s essential to learn all you can about how the abortion pill works and learn the factors for eligibility to ensure you’re making a fully informed, safe decision.

This article will highlight the fundamentals you need to know about the abortion pill. If you want to talk to someone in person about abortion and your other pregnancy options, contact PHC to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is actually a combination of two powerful drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is taken first. It blocks progesterone in your body. Progesterone is an essential hormone that’s necessary for your pregnancy to develop. Without progesterone, your uterine lining will loosen and shed, causing your pregnancy to detach and end.

Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours after mifepristone. It causes your uterus to contract, expelling your pregnancy out through your vagina.

After taking these drugs, you will experience vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping, and some women have reported that the pain is unexpectedly severe.

Furthermore, you will pass the pregnancy at home, which can be a distressing visual for some women.

What Factors Make Me Ineligible for the Abortion Pill?

Not every woman is eligible for the abortion drugs. Certain factors make you more likely to experience a complication, so it’s critical to determine your eligibility to protect your health.

If any of the following situations apply to you, you should not take the abortion drugs:

  • Your pregnancy is further than 10 week gestation. Some types of medical abortion aren’t done after seven weeks of pregnancy.
  • You have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
  • You have a suspected ectopic pregnancy, which is a life-threatening situation.
  • You have certain medical conditions, including bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
  • You take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
  • You can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
  • You have an allergy to the medicine used.

How Can I Protect My Health?

Before seeking the abortion drugs, it’s vital to get an ultrasound. This is the only way to determine your pregnancy’s gestational age, which is one of the most critical factors for determining whether you’re eligible for the abortion drugs. Ultrasound will also give you other important details about your pregnancy, including its location and viability.

At PHC, we offer free, limited ultrasounds and medically accurate information about abortion to help you have what you need to make a safe, informed decision. Contact us today to schedule your confidential appointment. You’re not alone in this. We’re here for you.