If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering the abortion pill, we recommend taking time to understand and assess the risks and side effects you might encounter.
Wondering if the abortion pill is right for you? Here are the top five risks related to taking the abortion pill:
Women who take the abortion pill should expect to experience some bleeding as the uterus contracts and expels the pregnancy tissue from the womb. However, patients should be on the lookout for excessive bleeding, as it might indicate serious complications that could lead to hemorrhaging.
The FDA defines heavy bleeding as “soaking through two thick full-size sanitary pads per hour for two consecutive hours.”
Taking the abortion pill can result in infection and sepsis, sometimes leading to fatal septic shock. Symptoms of an infection include “sustained (> 4 hours) fever of 100.4°F or higher, severe abdominal pain, or pelvic tenderness in the days after a medical abortion.”
Taking the abortion pill while infected with chlamydia increases the chance of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) by 23 percent. PID is associated with chronic pain, ectopic pregnancies, abscesses, and infertility.1
In addition to the above physical risks related to the abortion pill, women may also experience long-term mental health conditions “that are caused, triggered, aggravated, or complicated by [the] abortion experience.” 2
Depression and anxiety can have damaging and long-lasting impacts on your relationships, career, and health as a whole.
The Mayo Clinic states that those with the following pre-existing conditions should avoid taking the abortion pill:
Additionally, they recommend that anyone who does not have immediate access to emergency healthcare in case of abortion complications refrain from taking the abortion pill.
The staff at Palm Beach Women’s Clinic is here to help you explore your options and make a choice that’s safe for you. Schedule your appointment today!