You may have heard the term “Missed Period Pill,” and are wondering what it refers to. Is it an abortion pill or perhaps a form of birth control?
A Missed Period Pill is technically an abortion pill that healthcare providers offer to women who have missed a period and are concerned that they might become pregnant.
How Do Missed Period Pills Work?
Missed Period Pills are 2 pills one contains mifepristone and the other misoprostol. These two medications accomplish different steps of the abortion process. Mifepristone blocks progesterone and works by breaking down the uterine lining. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions and expels the embryo and pregnancy tissue through the vagina.
What Are the Side Effects of Missed Period Pills?
You may be wondering whether missed period pills create any side effects. We can better understand possible side effects by looking at the pill’s components. According to the Mayo Clinic, mifepristone can cause the following serious side effects:
- Cough or hoarseness
- Fast, weak pulse
- Fever or chills
- Lower back or side pain
- Excessively heavy vaginal bleeding
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
- Pale, cold, clammy skin
- Painful or difficult urination
- Shortness of breath
- A sudden increase in stomach or shoulder pain
Less serious side effects of taking mifepristone include headache, nausea or vomiting, anxiety, loss of strength, dizziness, tightness in the chest, trouble breathing, and abdominal pain.
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