If you are reading this, then that means you are wanting more information about the abortion pill. The first thing most of us do when we want to know more about something, is to reach for our phones. As you know, this gives us access to a lot of information, but it can also be overwhelming. That's why I hope to make this post easy to understand and help you get the most current and helpful facts. If you, or someone you know, have found yourself facing an unexpected pregnancy, please read the following.
What Is It?
The abortion pill actually consists of taking two pills. The first dose is mifepristone, which is a drug that blocks a hormone called progesterone that is needed for pregnancy, and the second dose is misoprostol which causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. The second pill is usually taken 24 to 48 hours after the first one. The FDA has approved this only during the first 10 weeks gestation.
What Should I Do First?
It is very important to make sure that you are within the 10 week gestational period. The best way to do that is to know your LMP (the first day of your last period) and to also have an ultrasound to determine how far along you are. The ultrasound is more accurate, especially for women who may not have regular periods or aren't sure when their last period was. I have personally seen women who found out they were a lot further along than what they thought and were thankful to have had the ultrasound. The ultrasound will also confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus. It is not safe to take the abortion pill if you have an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs in 2% of all pregnancies.
Who Should Not Take the Abortion Pill
*if it has been more than 70 days since your last period
*have an ectopic pregnancy
*have bleeding problems
*have an IUD
**please check for other other conditions that may apply**
How Can We Help?
We care about you and your health. The first thing we will do is have you take a FREE lab quality pregnancy test, to confirm pregnancy. Then we will offer you a FREE ultrasound to determine viability, verify that the pregnancy is in the uterus, and take measurements to determine age of the pregnancy. We will discuss options and make sure that you have all of the facts before you make your decision. To make an appointment contact us at: 651-674-2121 or through our website.