If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have played out each of these scenarios in your head; Parenting, abortion, or adoption. Deciding what to do with your pregnancy might be the most difficult choice you have ever had to make. As you choose what is best for you and your future, take time to explore each option and gather as much information as you possibly can.
When it comes to choosing abortion, you may have heard about the abortion pill. It is also known as a medical abortion, but you should be aware of a few risks associated with the abortion pill before you schedule your appointment!
How does it work?
During the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, cells in your ovaries release a hormone called progesterone to prepare the lining of your uterus for pregnancy. This allows for the embryo to implant and begins to grow.
Mifepristone works by blocking the progesterone that’s needed to maintain a pregnancy. On the other hand, Misoprostol works by causing the uterus to contract and the cervix to widen, allowing the pregnancy tissue to be pushed out of the body.
The Risks It Entails
Abortion pills have various side effects. The pills sometimes don’t work and the pregnancy does not end? Sometimes the pregnancy tissues are left in the body. It causes blood clotting in the uterus. It also sometimes causes heavy bleeding and later causes infection. Sometimes the medicines also cause an allergic reaction.
The abortion pill will cause some bleeding and cramping as it terminates the pregnancy and passes the tissue from the uterus. In addition to this normal bleeding, hemorrhaging and excessive bleeding may occur. While hemorrhaging related to the abortion pill is relatively rare, occurring in roughly 1% of abortion pill patients, the rate of death as a result of this complication is significant.
A fever of 100.4 or higher for more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol is also one of the health risks. It also causes weakness, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol.
Mental Health Complications
Deciding to abort is never an easy decision. Women experience new or triggered mental health issues following their abortions. These conditions can include anxiety, depression, or trauma-related symptoms. The safety of your mental health is one reason why it is important to consider all of your pregnancy options carefully to avoid unnecessary trauma.