What Are the Risks of the Abortion Pill?

You may be facing an unplanned pregnancy and are exploring the option of abortion. When it comes to the abortion pill, also known as medication abortion, there are serious risks to consider. Be informed so you can make a confident choice for your future.

Risks of the Abortion Pill

Before we get into the potential risks of the abortion pill, it's important to know that to qualify for the abortion pill, you will need to ensure that your pregnancy is no further along than 10 weeks. Schedule an ultrasound at our center today to confirm this pregnancy detail!

Heavy Bleeding

One of the risks of the abortion pill is heavy or prolonged bleeding as it ends the pregnancy, passing the tissue from the uterus. Hemorrhaging is another risk, occurring in roughly 1% of abortion pill patients, the rate of death as a result of this complication is significant.

Talk to a doctor right away if you've already taken the abortion pill and are experiencing heavy bleeding or signs of hemorrhaging.


Another potential risk of the abortion pill is an infection, which can occur in cases where the abortion is unsuccessful. It results in retained fetal tissue left in the uterus. Infection can be quite dangerous if not detected right away. It could even lead to potentially life-threatening conditions.

Other Risks

According to the Mayo Clinic, other abortion pill (medication abortion) risks include:

●Incomplete abortion (which may need to be followed by surgical abortion)

●An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn't work


●Digestive system discomfort

Pre-Abortion Consultation

A pregnancy decision is an important one and you don't have to make it alone. Get a free and confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound today to move forward with a decision. Our team can inform you about all your pregnancy options. We are here for you.

Schedule your appointment today to learn more about what's next. Same-day appointments and walk-ins are available.


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