Unpacking Important Facts About Abortion Pills

Apr 16, 2021
11:00 A.M.
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An unwanted pregnancy can feel like the end of the world to many women because of the stigma. The abortion pill has been available for twenty years, yet plenty of women don’t know enough about it.


The topic of women’s fertility is sensitive, especially in a world that has a largely patriarchal society. Our bodies have been controlled and scrutinized for so long that we’ve stigmatized some of our rightful choices.

To destigmatize abortions, it is essential to learn some things to familiarize you with the concept. Read more if you’re interested in exploring a few critical things to know about the abortion pill.

What Is An Abortion Pill?

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Elsa Olofsson on Unsplash


The abortion pill, or ‘medication abortion,’ is a combination of two drugs that work to terminate a pregnancy. Medication abortion pills contain mifepristone and misoprostol, which block hormones and shed the uterine wall.

The mifepristone pill is taken first to block the progesterone hormone, which is necessary for a pregnancy. Then, after a day or two, you take misoprostol which is responsible for shedding the uterine wall and uterus.


Medication abortion is only effective for up to eleven weeks of your last period. According to planned parenthood, the medication is 98% effective for up to 8 weeks, 96% for nine weeks, 93% for 10, and 87% for 11.

According to experts, it’s safe to take an extra dose at 10 to 11 weeks to increase effectiveness from 87% to 98%. It’s essential to note that the abortion pill isn’t a morning-after pill, which helps prevent pregnancy.

Where Can One Get An Abortion Pill?


Abortion pill regulations in different states can make things challenging, but there are common centers nationwide. Clinics like Planned Parenthood allow you to search whether the one near you provides the pill.

You can also contact your OB/GYN for medication abortion or find a provider anonymously through a resource. Some resources include the Safe Place Project or the National Abortion Federation.

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humberto chavez on Unsplash

Some women in less restrictive states have been able to receive their abortion pills via the mail due to COVID-19. However, you still have to be in a doctor’s physical presence to take the medication in some states.


Other requirements can include getting mandatory counseling during a waiting period before taking the abortion pill. In Texas, one has to see a physician 24 hours before they consider taking the abortion pill.

What You May Experience And Support Resources


Every woman’s body is different, which means that every woman can experience taking an abortion pill differently. Experts reveal that most women experience cramps and heavy bleeding after taking the second pill.

The heavy bleeding may last a few hours, and you may pass larger tissue depending on the pregnancy duration. It’s essential to be somewhere comfortable during this process as you may experience discomfort.


Common potential side effects include headaches, vomiting, tiredness, diarrhea, and fever symptoms. Like any other time you are unwell, see a medical professional if the uncomfortable and painful side effects persist.

Getting an abortion is a significant choice, and it’s normal to feel many emotions during the process. Seek free support from All-Options, Exhale, Abortion Care Network, National Abortion Federation, or Planned Parenthood.

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