As a woman experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, you’re facing huge choices – one of which is deciding if the abortion pill is the best option for you.
In this blog post, we’re going to answer some common questions about the abortion pill, so you can determine if it’s the right choice for you!
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
The abortion pill, also known as medication abortion, consists of two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol.
During pregnancy, the body produces a hormone called progesterone, which helps the embryo develop. Mifepristone blocks the body from producing progesterone and stops the growth of the embryo. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the fetus, which ends the pregnancy.
Mifepristone is taken first, and Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later. After both pills have been taken, you will experience cramping and heavy bleeding, which empties the uterus. The pregnancy should end within 24 hours. You can schedule a follow up with your doctor to ensure the pregnancy has ended and that there are no risks of infection or complication.
Do I Need an Ultrasound Before Taking the Abortion Pill?
At the time of writing this blog, New York does not require women to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion. However, we still encourage it! An ultrasound determines if you’re likely to miscarry or experiencing an ectopic pregnancy – in either case, an abortion would not be needed. If you would like to receive an ultrasound, Pregnancy Help NYC can help – we provide free ultrasounds.
We also recommend receiving an STI test, and being treated if necessary. An abortion could exacerbate the infection, making an already difficult situation much more stressful. While our clinic doesn’t provide STI testing, we can refer you to an STI treatment provider!
What should I know about the Abortion Pill? How Much Does the Abortion Pill Cost in New York?
In New York, the abortion pill is only available up to 11 weeks and 0 days after the first day of your last period.
If your last period was more than 11 weeks and 0 days ago, you will be required to undergo an in-clinic abortion, which is available up to 24 weeks and 0 days after the start of your last period.
Abortion pill costs range from $40 to $600. Some providers accept private insurance and Medicaid.
What are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?
Abortion pill side effects can vary from person to person. Many women experience cramps for about a day, and heavy bleeding, which can last between 9-16 days. In some cases, it may last a month.
You may feel fatigued the first 1-2 days after taking the pill, but can resume school and/or work and driving as soon as you feel well enough to. However, you should avoid intense exercise for several days. Your body goes through a lot during an abortion, so it’s important to take time to rest and recuperate!
Extreme side effects include chills, fevers, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which occur after the second pill is taken. They should go away rather quickly, but if they last more than 24 hours, it could be a sign of infection. At that point, you should contact your doctor immediately to receive treatment.
Is the Abortion Pill Safe?
Like any procedure, the abortion pill has risks associated with it. Some serious complications include:
- Allergic reaction to the medication
- Blood clots or pregnancy tissue remaining in the uterus
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can increase the risk of infertility
Consider the risks carefully to decide if the abortion pill is right for you!
Get Compassionate Care at Pregnancy Help NYC
You don’t have to face this decision alone – Pregnancy Help NYC is here to help you explore all of your pregnancy options!
Still have questions or feelings you need to sort through? Our compassionate team is happy to help! Give us a call at (917) 456-9105 or click here to schedule your appointment. All services are free of charge!