Are you considering taking the Abortion Pill?

You may have missed your period or you may be experiencing pregnancy symptoms. Before you make any decisions about your unexpected pregnancy, it is important to confirm your pregnancy. Scheduling an appointment with your local pregnancy resource center will give you the opportunity to confirm if you are pregnant and if your pregnancy is viable. Some people may experience pregnancy symptoms and missed periods but may not be pregnant. While it is important to take a pregnancy test, the only way to confirm you are pregnant is with an ultrasound. Once you have confirmed that you are pregnant you will need to make a decision about your pregnancy. Your local pregnancy resource center will be able to discuss your options with you including abortion, adoption, and parenting.

Once you have considered all your options, you may have decided that you would like to proceed with an abortion. There are two abortion options. There is a medical abortion and a surgical abortion. A medical abortion is when you take pills to abort you pregnancy. A medical abortion is commonly known as RU-486, the abortion pill, or Plan C. Keep in mind that the abortion pill is not Plan B or The Morning After pill. The abortion pill works differently than Plan B/The Morning After pill. It is important to know you cannot take Plan B hoping that it works the same way as an abortion pill. Talking with a trained medical provider will help you understand how the abortion pill works so that you can decide if the abortion pill is the right choice for you.  

Before you make a final decision on which procedure you will have, it is important to have an ultrasound done. An ultrasound will confirm that your pregnancy is viable and how far along your pregnancy is. This is information is necessary to determine which abortion you can have. The abortion pill can only be taken up to ten weeks since your last period. Dating your pregnancy and determining if your pregnancy is viable is a necessary part of your care. Where can you get the abortion pill? It must be prescribed at a clinic. You cannot buy the abortion pill over the counter. Before a provider will prescribe the abortion pill for you, they will most likely require an ultrasound. Once they prescribe the abortion pills you will take the first pill in the office. They will send you home with the second set of abortion pills to take at a later time.

Make sure you are aware of all the risks and side effects of the abortion pills before taking them. You will also need to complete follow up appointments with the clinic you received your abortion pills from to ensure your abortion is completed. If you have an incomplete abortion, you will need to have a surgical procedure as well. Remember that cost of the abortion pill may factor into your decision. Cost will vary depending on which clinic you go to and which provider you see.  It is important to schedule an appointment with your local pregnancy resource center for a free consultation appointment to discuss what to expect and risks and side effects associated with the abortion pill before you take any medications. 

Keep in mind it is not safe to order pills to abort online. You cannot be sure what those pills contain and they may not be regulated. The safest option is to go into a clinic to see a provider so they can help you make the best and safest decision for you.

No matter what option you choose for your unexpected pregnancy it is important to have the correct information to make an informed decision. It is also important to have support during this time. Contact your local pregnancy resource center for support and information.