When you opt for an abortion, you may be a candidate for taking the abortion pill. It is important to note that not everyone is eligible for this pill – or this combination of drugs – but many are. Typically, if you are less than eight weeks pregnant, and you agree to return to the clinic for follow up appointments, you may be eligible. While the main side effect of abortion pills is abortion, there are other side effects of the pill that you should be aware of.
The Intended Side Effects
The Abortion pill is officially called Mifeprex, but it contains two important drugs. These two important drugs are Mifepristone and Misoprostol. In fact, these are two separate pills that are taken at two separate times. The first one that is taken is Mifepristone, at the abortion clinic. You will then be instructed to take the Misoprostol at home, anywhere from 24 to 72 hours of leaving the clinic.
The first drug blocks progesterone, which makes it hard for the uterus to maintain the pregnancy. The second drug will actually help the body to expel the fetus. This process usually results in heavy bleeding and cramping, which are the two most common side effects.
Additional Abortion Pill Side Effects to Be Aware Of
Other side effects that you may experience with the anti abortion pill will occur after taking the second pill. These side effects are not actually dangerous, but they are uncomfortable, and they include nausea, headache, diarrhea, heavy cramping, and heavy bleeding.
It is the heavy bleeding that causes the most concern, and your doctor should let you know what to expect in terms of bleeding so that you know what is and is not normal after taking this medication.
The Most Dangerous Side Effects
The heavy bleeding is the most dangerous side effect overall, but there are other issues that need to be addressed as well. First, the pill may fail to expel the fetus from your body, which could result in the need for an additional aspiration abortion. The heavy bleeding may lead to the need for a blood transfusion as well.
The biggest concern, however, is the total failure of the pill, and the possibility that it will not be realized that the pregnancy does still in fact exist. When this happens, and the fetus goes to full term, the resulting child is at an extremely high risk of deformities and mental problems.