What do I need to know about the Abortion Pill?

If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may have questions about the abortion pill. How does it work? Where can I get one?

Before you make a decision about whether the abortion pill is right for your situation, you need to be aware that there are a lot of rules and regulations surrounding abortion procedures, and they vary from state to state. Depending which state you live in, there may be age restrictions or a waiting period before you can get the abortion pill.

For instance, if you live in Wisconsin, one of your parents, a foster parent, a grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling who is 25 or older must give permission for an abortion.

About the Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is actually two pills, one given to you and taken at the clinic, the other taken at home the next day, according to doctor’s instructions. One of the pills is mifepristone – which blocks the hormones needed to create a healthy pregnancy. The other pill is misoprostol – which causes cramping, bleeding and empties your uterus. You will need to return to the clinic for a follow-up two weeks later to confirm if the abortion was successful and that there is no infection.

The abortion pill can only be taken up until 10 weeks or 70 days after the first day of your last period. If it has been 71 days, you will have to have an in-clinic abortion procedure instead.

We are Here to Support You

At Willow Womens Clinic, YOU are our priority. Our licensed staff members are here to answer all your questions in a non-judgmental environment.

We offer pregnancy tests at no cost to you, in order to confirm your pregnancy through a medical-grade test. Pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken between 28 to 31 days after the first day of your last period. A pregnancy test detects the hormone known as hCG, which is found in the urine of women who are pregnant.

If the results are positive, the next step is to have an ultrasound. This will confirm the pregnancy is viable, that it is not ectopic (a dangerous situation requiring medical treatment), and it will tell you the gestational age.

An ultrasound may also help determine the risk that you might miscarry. According to AmericanPregnancy.com, “Studies reveal that anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage.” Up to 80 percent of those miscarriages occur in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

We also offer STI testing services for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea if you have a positive pregnancy test. We can provide you with referrals for any other testing you may need. This is important because having an abortion procedure with an undiagnosed STI/STD could result in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, a condition that can result in a lot of pain and fertility problems.

Contact us today to come in and see us. We will support you as you decide what the best path is.

 

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