8 Facts About Medical Abortions

Making the decision to have an abortion is difficult and emotional for all women. For women who feel strongly that they do not want to have a child, though, it may be the right choice. When most people refer to abortions, they are thinking about surgical abortions. But, medical abortions have become more popular in recent years. Before scheduling an abortion, it’s important to understand the acts about medical abortions. In this post, we’re going to dive deeper into abortion pills, and their effects.


What is the Abortion Pill?

Understanding the difference between medical and surgical abortions is critical. Rather than undergoing the “surgical abortion” procedure, some women opt for medical abortions. This is accomplished through various pills, which is ideal for women who do not want to experience the suctioning involved in the surgical procedure.


8 Things to Know About Medical Abortions


1. Medical Abortions and the Morning After Pill are Not the Same Thing

Contrary to popular belief, a morning-after pill is not the same as an abortion pill. Because it is an emergency contraceptive pill, the morning after pill will not prevent pregnancy after five days. So, after ovulation, the morning after pill will not have any effect. The abortion pill, on the other hand, instigates the medical abortion by halting the pregnancy.

Another significant difference between these two pills is the patients’ access to them. Standard strength morning-after pills are fairly accessible for all ages. They are available in almost all drug stores or pharmacies. Medical abortion pills, however, are only available through gynecological and women’s health practitioners.


2. How a Medical Abortion Works

The non-surgical abortion process consists of two different medications.

Mifepristone is the first medication, and is administered to patients while they are in the clinic. This is the first step in safely terminating a pregnancy. Its primary function is to block progesterone receptors. This prevents the hormone from continuing to make the pregnancy possible.

1-2 days after taking mifepristone, patients take misoprostol, the second pill. Patients are normally permitted to take this pill at home. This medication allows the uterus to expel the pregnancy, with a reduced chance for pain and heavy bleeding. Unfortunately, however, most women should still expect some degree of bleeding and cramping.

Most gynecological offices follow up medical abortions with a brief visit to ensure the effectiveness.


3. A Medical Abortion Takes About 2 Days

While surgical abortions are normally completed within the visit, medical abortions take about two days to complete.

After ingesting the second pill, the abortion process takes about six hours to complete. Throughout this period of time, most professionals recommend that women rest and recuperate. The pain may not be as substantial as that of a surgical abortion, but it can become burdensome, and result in bleeding.


4. The Medical Abortion Pill is Not Dangerous

Legal abortions performed in safe clinics by qualified professionals are not dangerous. The risk of a woman dying during an abortion is incredibly minor. In fact, women are more likely (but still very unlikely) to die while giving birth.

However, these safety regulations are only applicable while medical abortions are legal — which is ten weeks after pregnancy.


5. There May Be Side Effects

Medical abortions are a decidedly safe way to terminate the pregnancy. They do, however, come with some unpleasant side effects.

In most cases, these side effects will manifest themselves the same way that period symptoms do, but with more intensity. Bleeding, cramping, and nausea are all common side effects of medical abortions. While they can be mitigated with painkillers and prescription methods, the best recourse is rest.


6. Medical Abortions have a 97% Effectiveness Rate

Even after taking the abortion pills, it’s important to pay close attention to resulting symptoms. If these symptoms become increasingly worse, then contact the gynecological office that performed the procedure.

Medical abortions have a 97% effectiveness rate, meaning that the procedure is almost always effective. To ensure that the procedure was effective, it’s important to revisit the gynecological office. By performing a routine follow-up procedure, the gynecologist can ensure that the uterus has emptied fully.


7. Online Abortion Pills are Not Legitimate

And if they are, they will likely be significantly overpriced.

Pharmacies and gynecologists safeguard abortion pills to protect women from the dangerous consequences of inappropriate use. Using abortion pills too late in the pregnancy carries a severe danger for all women.

Some people billing themselves as abortion pills sellers online are likely the wrong pills. Whether they were manufactured illegitimately or are different pills altogether, you should never purchase abortion pills.

A Long Island gynecologist can help you to assess your needs, and fill them accurately.


8. The Abortion Pill Does Not Cause Infertility

In the same way that a surgical abortion procedure does not affect the fertility of a woman, medical abortions also do not affect fertility.

Women who receive medical abortions will be able to become pregnant again later in life. So, the idea that you will not be able to become pregnant again should not be a deterrent.



Medical Abortions Services at Stony Brook Women’s Health

At Stony Brook Women’s Health, we have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for women to receive abortions. Our understanding and compassionate staff are sympathetic to the difficulty involved in making this decision. We take every measure within our power to make this process easy and pain-free.