Are you or someone you know facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering
the abortion pill? Unexpected pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience that
comes with a range of emotions and decisions to be made. At Center for Women,
we want you to feel empowered to make these decisions, with all of the
information you need to ensure you’re making the choice that is best and safest
We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the Abortion
Pill below to help you understand this option a bit more. So let’s talk about the
What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill, also known as medication abortion or medical abortion, is a
method of abortion used to end an early pregnancy. Unlike the name suggests,
the abortion pill actually consists of two pills with two separate medications,,
which are taken in sequence to terminate the pregnancy. This option is available
for women who have a confirmed pregnancy and are within the first 10 weeks
after their last known menstrual period.
The abortion pill is different from emergency contraception pills (sometimes
referred to as “the morning-after pill”), which are used to prevent a potential
pregnancy after unprotected sex.
How does the abortion pill work?
The abortion pill uses two pills, taken separately. The first pill is taken to block
the hormone progesterone, which is needed for a healthy pregnancy to continue.
The second drug is then taken, which induces early labor and
causes the uterus to contract, leading to cramping and bleeding. The second pill
will expel the embryo and pregnancy tissues from the uterus within hours of
In some cases, both medications may be taken in one dose or split into two
doses taken 24-48 hours apart. A follow-up appointment or ultrasound is often
recommended to ensure that all of the pregnancy tissue has been expelled.
The entire process usually takes about two weeks to complete but can take
longer depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy when taking the
Is the abortion pill safe?
Overall, medical experts agree that using this type of medication is generally
safe if taken according to instructions from a doctor or healthcare provider.
Many physicians caution taking the abortion pill at home without on-site medical
What are the side effects of the abortion pill?
Side effects of taking the abortion pill include those similar to a miscarriage,
which can last for an average of two weeks.
- Cramping and heavy bleeding with large clots
- Spotting that can last for several days or weeks after taking the medication
- Upset stomach (including nausea and/or diarrhea)
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Fever or chills (you’ll want to call your doctor right away if you experience a fever, as it could be a sign of infection)
Other risks include:
- The pill not working
- Blood clots in your uterus
- Infection and sepsis
- Some of the pregnancy tissues left in the uterus after the procedure is complete
- Bleeding too much or too long
- An allergic reaction to one or both of the medications
**If you are experiencing any of the above or are concerned about any other
symptoms you may be feeling as a result of taking the abortion pill, contact your
doctor or nurse, or head to the ER.
Can I order the abortion pill online?
Some doctors and clinics offer telehealth visits, which may allow you to receive
the abortion pill through the mail, or at your local pharmacy; however, this option
varies by state. If the abortion pill is obtained online, you will still need to consult
with a doctor who is licensed to prescribe the medication.
You will also need to receive pregnancy testing for pregnancy verification, as well
as an ultrasound to confirm exactly how far along your pregnancy is (and to
ensure there are no other complications). Center for Women offers free pre-
abortion screenings, which include pregnancy testing and an ultrasound.
When can I take the abortion pill?
The abortion pill procedure can be done up to 10 weeks after the first day of your
last menstrual period (LMP).
If you are over 11 weeks pregnant, Center for Women can answer your
questions about second-trimester or late-term abortion procedures and give you
information and resources for pregnancy options.
Do I have to have my parent’s permission to get the abortion pill if I’m under 18?
In the state of Michigan, if you are under 18, you are required to have written
consent from at least one of the parents or legal guardians to obtain the abortion
However, if you are a teen and need help, Center for Women offers 100%
confidential support at absolutely no cost. You do not need to notify your parents
to receive counseling about your pregnancy options at Center for Women.
How much does the abortion pill cost?
The price of the abortion pill can vary depending on the state you live in, the
medical facility where you purchase the pill, and whether you can use health
insurance. Typically, the cost for the abortion pill can range anywhere from $350-
Can I get pregnant again after taking the abortion pill?
Unless you had a serious complication that was left untreated, there should be
no risk to future pregnancies if you have taken the abortion pill.
Can the abortion pill be reversed?
Women who begin the process may experience feelings of regret or anxiety.
Reversal of the abortion pill may be possible, as long as action is taken after the
first dose. A progesterone treatment often used to prevent miscarriages may be
able to help. If you have recently taken the abortion pill and have questions about
reversal, contact Center for Women for more information.
Considering the Abortion Pill?
Center for Women provides facts-based medical information on the abortion pill
and other abortion and pregnancy options. While we do not perform or refer
women for elective abortions, we provide a safe space for you to learn about all
options available to you so you can make the best decision for yourself.
We offer pre-abortion screenings and personalized options consultations that are
100% confidential, free, and available for women of all ages. During your
appointment, you will receive free pregnancy testing and, if positive, an
ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and determine how far along you are.
Schedule an appointment online or text us at 978-496-8316 today. You are not