What is a medical abortion?

We know a pregnancy decision is not easy. With the pressure you may put on yourself and the emotions coming at you, it can feel overwhelming. You are not alone.

If you’re thinking about a medical abortion, you deserve the facts. A medical abortion consists of two drugs that terminate an existing pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, and misoprostol causes uterine contractions that expel the pregnancy and related tissue from the body.

Risks of Medical Abortion

With such a serious medical procedure comes serious risks to your health. Side effects of medical abortion include abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding. Possible risks include the following:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy, prolonged bleeding
  • Incomplete abortion (which may require a surgical procedure)
  • An ongoing pregnancy (if the drugs don’t work)

It’s important to note that this type of abortion method is only FDA-approved through 10 weeks of gestation.

Steps to Take Before Making a Decision

Before making up your mind about abortion, it’s vital to understand how far along you are and if there are any potential complications or risks to your health. We offer free and confidential pregnancy testing to begin getting answers.

If your pregnancy test is positive at our center, we also offer free ultrasounds. During an ultrasound, a nurse will determine the location of your pregnancy (whether it’s within your uterus), estimate how far along you are, and determine whether it is viable (has a detectable heartbeat).

Get answers at The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Our compassionate and nonjudgmental team is here for you.

Here for You

You have the final say in your pregnancy decision. We’re here to help you gain the insight you need along the way. Once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy with us, talk to our team to learn about your options.

Schedule a free appointment today.

*We do not refer for or perform abortions.

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