What Should You Expect When You Take the Abortion Pill?

Ultimately, making the decision to receive an abortion can be a nerve-wracking process for many women. It may take time, require research, and discussions with trusted friends. As an alternative to the surgical abortion procedure, the medical abortion pill has become quite popular. This is especially true for women who are skeptical about receiving an abortion due to safety concerns. But, the details of how the pill works, how it is different from standard contraception, and related concerns can be confusing. Read on to learn more about what women should expect before, during and after taking the abortion pill.


Ensure That The First Trimester Has Not Passed

When women are deciding between the abortion pill and the surgical abortion, timing is an important factor. These two methods of abortion can impact the fetus in different ways. The medical abortion can potentially cause more side effects, so in order to receive a medical abortion, patients must be in the first trimester. In other words, more than 12 weeks cannot have passed after the last menstrual period. The gynecologist will likely confirm that a medical abortion is a viable option with an ultrasound.

The timing, however, is not the only factor you should pay attention to. So, be sure to discuss the potential side effects with a doctor to learn whether or not you should move forward with it. Receiving the right kind of Long Island abortion for you can make this process much easier.

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Prepare for the Treatment

After you’ve decided that you’ll definitely receive the medical abortion, you should make a few preparations. With some level of anticipated discomfort ahead, be sure to purchase groceries, sundries, or anything else you might need to be comfortable. Also, be sure to have access to some form of entertainment at your disposal. Depending upon your hobbies, this might mean a television, computer, music, books, or something else. Being able to pass the time comfortably and enjoyably after a Long Island abortion will be important.

Additionally, be sure to purchase plenty of pads to address potential vaginal bleeding, a common medical abortion side effect. You should also have pain medication (other than Aspirin, which may actually increase the bleeding), on hand.


How Does the Medical Abortion Pill Work?

Believe it or not, the method of intake for the medical abortion is quite simple. After the gynecologist confirms that the patient is eligible, he or she will administer the first pill. Mifepristone, which is always administered in the office, blocks the body from releasing progesterone. This halts the growth of the fetus altogether. After the patient takes mifepristone, she will be given the second set of pills, misoprostol. The gynecologist will instruct the patient to take misoprostol after a certain period of time (generally the next day).

After waiting the appropriate amount of time, the patient will take the second set of pills, or the misoprostol. This set of pills will expel the fetus from the uterus, which generally results in both bleeding and cramping.

It’s also common for patients to ensure that the Long Island medical abortion is successful by receiving an ultrasound. This measure will prevent the risk of an incomplete abortion.

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What You Should Expect While Taking the Abortion Pill

Through extensive research, doctors have confirmed that the medical abortion is not dangerous. But, there are definitely side effects that you should prepare for. While you should anticipate these side effects, there is a point at which you should recognize that the side effects are abnormal. If this is the case, then be sure to contact a doctor to receive treatment.

In general, you will likely feel somewhat tired and disoriented. You may feel dizzy and nauseous as well. These feelings may be accompanied by mild cramps in the abdomen, with vomiting as a possibility as well. Painkillers and heated pads can help to alleviate this pain.

In terms of bleeding, most women describe the medical abortion as a heavier period. This bleeding after a medical abortion tends to be slightly more severe than a surgical abortion. If you are soaking more than two pads per hour for two hours in a row, then this is an indicator that there may be complications. Additionally, bleeding heavily for 12 hours or more might also be a cause for concern.


After Taking the Abortion Pill

The most severe side effects should begin to wane one or two days after you take the abortion pill. While you should steadily ease back into physical activities like exercise and heavy lifting, you can resume going to work. You should also expect continued spotting– though the bleeding will be less severe than a period.

Despite the lack of physical surgery when taking the abortion pill, it can be an emotional process. It’s natural for women who receive a Long Island abortion to feel somewhat depressed during or after the process. So, be sure to reach out to family and friends for emotional support after a medical abortion. When your emotional support system is present, you’ll be more confident and at peace with this decision. Having a shoulder to lean on can make all of the difference in remaining emotionally healthy during this difficult time.

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Long Island Abortions from Stony Brook Women’s Health

At Stony Brook Women’s Health, our staff is dedicated to helping women make the right decision for themselves. We will not only provide top-notch care, but also educate patients about the various abortion methods. If you or a loved one is considering an abortion, then feel free to contact us to learn more, or schedule an appointment.