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Abortion Pill Side Effects

In a medication abortion, the “abortion pill” is used to end a pregnancy up to 70 days (10 weeks) after the first day of a woman’s last period. If you are facing an unintended pregnancy and considering a medication abortion, you may have questions about abortion pill side effects.

Remember that every woman is unique. If you decide that the abortion pill is for you, it is very important to discuss your medical history and concerns with your doctor. This ensures you are getting the correct information for your personal situation. Our articles provide some general information, but are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

We are sharing here some basic facts we hope will be helpful to you. We also invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Our helpline is staffed with caring experts, here to aid Chicagoland women who are considering termination. Please call or text us for an appointment.

In general, bleeding and cramping are experienced as abortion pill side effects. These will occur after taking misoprostol, the second medication of the abortion pill process. The bleeding may be heavy, and there may be large clots or tissue in the blood. In addition, women may feel sick, including weakness or dizziness, feel strong cramps, feel nauseous, vomit, or have diarrhea, feel temporary abdominal pain, or experience temporary mild fever or chills.

Because of sudden changes in hormone levels, different kinds of emotional feelings may also be part of the abortion pill side effects.

Serious abortion pill side effects could also include:

  • an allergic reaction to either of the medications
  • failure to end the pregnancy
  • an incomplete abortion where part of the pregnancy is left inside the uterus
  • infection
  • blood clots in the uterus
  • undetected ectopic pregnancy or very heavy bleeding

If the medication abortion is not complete, or if bleeding is very heavy or prolonged, surgical intervention may be needed to stop or control it.

Anyone who is concerned about their symptoms after a medication abortion, or who has signs of serious abortion pill side effects, should call their medical provider or dial 911 right away.

Avenue Women’s Center has been a resource for women facing unintended pregnancy for thirty-five years. With five locations in DuPage County, we are ready to assist you with compassionate, nonjudgmental care. We hope you will contact us for your free consultation at one of our offices. We are in Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago and Wood Dale, Illinois, and we are waiting for your call.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.