Abortion Pill Side Effects: What You Should Know Before You Decide

It can be very confusing to sort through all the facets of an unplanned pregnancy. No matter what you end up deciding, it’s a difficult choice to make. You may be thinking about the abortion pill as one of your options. Here we will answer questions about it as well as the related side effects.

As with any pregnancy related decision, it is important to first confirm a positive pregnancy. Pregnancy Care Clinic offers free confidential, pregnancy testing. Our licensed medical professionals and compassionate client advocates provide confidential services and education to empower you to make an informed decision.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill is considered a medical abortion versus a surgical abortion. If a woman’s first day of her last period was 70 days prior or less, a medical abortion might be an option for her.

Although it’s called the abortion pill [1], it really requires that two different medications be taken in order to end a confirmed pregnancy. The first medication (mifepristone) is usually taken in a clinic or doctor’s office and prevents the pregnancy from staying implanted in the uterus. The second medication (misoprostol) is normally taken at home 6-48 hours later and causes cramping which expels the gestational sac or embryo about 4-6 hours later.

Women who change their minds after taking mifepristone and want to try to continue their pregnancies may call The Abortion Pill Reversal at (877) 558-0333.

Abortion Pill Side Effects

At first glance, it seems pretty simple to have an abortion by taking medication. But there are physical and emotional side effects that are crucial for you to consider. Let’s start with physical abortion pill side effects [2].

Physical abortion pill side effects: Physicians typically provide nausea and pain medication so women will be as comfortable as possible. After the second medication is taken, women experience cramping and vaginal bleeding. Women may also experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever or chills
  • Headache
  • Dizziness and weakness
  • Failed abortion requiring a surgical abortion

Sometimes, there are other side effects that can affect a woman after the physical discomfort has subsided. Let’s look at those.

Emotional and psychological abortion pill side effects: Many women feel an initial sense of relief after an abortion. But sometimes, difficult emotional side effects [3] set in later. These can include regret, guilt, grief, humiliation, and second-guessing their choices.

Women who have the most emotional and psychological difficulty after taking the abortion pill are:

  • Women who felt pressured into the abortion decision
  • Women who are blamed and/or shamed for their abortion decision

If you are struggling emotionally after an abortion, you are not alone. We offer emotional support and healing support groups to help you heal after an abortion.

Get the Information and Support You Deserve

Make an appointment today at Pregnancy Care Clinic so you can be equipped with unbiased information to make confident decisions. We offer you no-cost services, resources, and walk with you each step of the way in a caring and judgment-free environment. 

[1] Gotter, Ana. (2016, August 30). Abortion pill: What is a medical abortion. Retrieved July 3, 2019 from https://www.healthline.com/health/abortion-pill

[2] Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Medical abortion. Retrieved July 2, 2019 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687

[3] N., P. (2016, January 9). The emotional side effects of abortion. Retrieved from https://psychologydictionary.org/article/the-emotional-side-effects-of-abortion/