Before you have an abortion, there are a few things to know about your pregnancy. First, you need to verify your pregnancy with a test. If you are pregnant, an ultrasound is needed to let you know exactly how long you've been pregnant- which determines what abortion methods would be available to you. An ultrasound also indicates whether your pregnancy is viable, which means that there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in your uterus. It is also important to be checked for STD/STIs. Many women are asymptomatic and do not know that they are infected. Undergoing an abortion procedure with an infection can lead to serious complications, including infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and ectopic pregnancies.
You may have heard of the abortion pill referred to by different names. Even though the terms may be different, the medication is the same. The Abortion Pill is not the same as emergency contraception (i.e. Morning After Pill, Plan B, ella). Medical abortion is a procedure that uses medication to end a known pregnancy.
Before a medication abortion, you should meet with your doctor to discuss terminating your pregnancy. You should be given a physical examination to determine whether you’re a candidate for RU-486, and you should be given an ultrasound to ensure that you really are pregnant and within the gestational dating that RU-486 can be prescribed. Unfortunately, women have been given the abortion pill when they were not even pregnant.
Ending your pregnancy through the abortion pill is a three-step process.
First, you will be given a drug that will cause the death of your embryo or fetus, thus ending your pregnancy.
Note: Some women change their mind and decide they do not want to continue the medication abortion at this point. Contact us and we will connect you with a network of caring medical professionals who can help reverse the effects of this medication in some cases.
Second, you will be given another drug that will cause you to expel the embryo or fetus from your body. Women are usually not in their doctor’s office when they feel the effects of this drug. Some women have experienced, nausea, weakness, fever/chills, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and dizziness.
Third, about seven to fourteen days after the first drug, you should follow-up with your doctor to ensure all the contents of your uterus have been expelled. If there is anything left over, it may require a surgical abortion in some cases. This is a potentially serious condition, and this follow-up appointment is very important.
If the abortion pill fails or is not an option for you, a surgical abortion is offered. There are three surgical options and different methods offered, depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Our medical team can discuss these options and their associated risks during your free pregnancy test appointment.