What is the Abortion Pill?

11 Jun, 2020


Woman Discussing the Abortion Pill with Her Friend.


The Abortion Pill

The medical abortion pill is typically administered to women who are 10 weeks along or less. The pill is a two-step process involving two different types of drugs: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Together, the two drugs force the body to abort the fetus. The whole process could take up to 12 days.

The drugs are typically prescribed by a doctor and taken by the patient at the home. The whole process is commonly very painful and doctors typically prescribe pain medication to manage the discomfort of the process. Not only is it physically painful, but it can also be emotionally traumatizing to the patient since it is often done alone.

Abortion Pills


The first drug, Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, blocks the body from producing a natural substance called progesterone needed for a pregnancy to continue.


The second drug, Misoprostol, causes the uterus to shed the fetus, and any tissue left over in the uterus by causing contractions to expel the tissues through the vagina.

Side Effects

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe Cramping


Abortion is a serious medical procedure, and like all medical procedures, it comes with the possibility of risks and side effects. Here are some you may experience if you take the abortion pill.

Unsuccessful Abortion

While rare, sometimes a medication abortion is unsuccessful. In this case, it might be too late for you to try another medication abortion, and you’ll need to have a surgical abortion.


The medical abortion pill can cause serious or life-threatening vaginal bleeding or infections. It’s possible to develop infections as a result of your body responding poorly to the medication.


The bleeding is usually more severe when compared to surgical abortion. The vaginal bleeding, cramps, nausea, and diarrhea can start anywhere from 2 hours to 24 hours after consuming the pill and can last 9 days to 30 days or longer.

Abortion Pill Education

Education is one of the most important ways to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Even in the situation of an unplanned pregnancy, you have the right to be the most informed participant of your health. The truth is you can get an abortion pill at a clinic, but if you don’t know how that pill will affect your body, are you really making an informed decision?

No-Cost Services

At Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, we offer no-cost medical consultations and education so you can make an informed, educated decision regarding your health and unique situation. You have the right to know how your body functions.

To schedule an appointment, call 858-397-1970 today and speak with one of our trained medical professionals.