At JMJ Pregnancy Center, we understand the range of emotions and choices that come with an unexpected pregnancy. That’s why we want to empower you with the information, support, and resources you may need to ensure you’re ultimately making the choice that is best and safest for you.
We are dedicated to providing medically accurate information on the abortion pill, as well as other abortion and pregnancy options that are available. Our focus is on empowering you to make informed decisions by offering a supportive environment.
Our clinic provides confidential and free pre-abortion information screenings and personalized consultations to women of all ages. During your appointment, we offer complimentary pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to confirm and determine the stage of your pregnancy. Rest assured that our services are completely confidential and aimed at supporting you in your decisions.
To best serve you, our team has put together some of the most commonly asked questions we hear from women asking about the Abortion Pill.
What is the abortion pill?
Contrary to its name, the abortion pill is not just a single pill. It consists of two separate medications taken in sequence. The abortion pill is often referred to as “medical abortion” or “medication abortion”. The abortion pill is different from emergency contraception pills (sometimes referred to as “the morning-after pill”), which are used to prevent a potential pregnancy after unprotected sex.
When can I take the abortion pill?
The abortion pill procedure is typically available within the first 10 weeks and 6 days after the start of your last menstrual period (LMP).
If you’re more than 11 weeks pregnant, JMJ can provide answers to your questions regarding second-trimester or late-term abortion methods, as well as offer information and resources for exploring other pregnancy options.
How does the abortion pill work?
The abortion pill uses two medications, which are taken separately. The initial pill is taken to block the progesterone hormone, which is necessary for a healthy pregnancy. This causes the cervix to soften, allowing for easy passage of the second pill. The second pill induces early labor, leading to contractions, cramping, and bleeding. Typically within a few hours of taking it, this pill begins to expel the embryo and pregnancy tissues from the uterus.
In some cases, both medications may be taken in a single dose or split into two doses, spaced 24-48 hours apart. It is often recommended to have a follow-up appointment or ultrasound to ensure that all the pregnancy tissue has been expelled.
The entire process generally takes about two weeks to complete, although the duration may vary depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy.
Is the abortion pill safe?
It is not safe to take the abortion pill until you have ruled out an ectopic pregnancy which is why a free ultrasound at our center is a great first step for you as you make your decision. Based on what has been reported, the risk of death after taking the abortion pill is small, but as with any medical procedure complications can happen, including those listed below. It is important to note that many physicians advise against taking the abortion pill at home without having on-site medical supervision.
What are the side effects of the abortion pill?
The abortion pill may cause side effects similar to a miscarriage and typically lasts about two weeks. Some of the more common side effects include:
- Cramping and heavy bleeding with large clots
- Spotting that can last for several days or weeks after taking the medication
- Upset stomach (including nausea and/or diarrhea)
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Fever or chills (you’ll want to call your doctor right away if you experience a fever, as it could be a sign of infection)
Other more serious risks associated with the abortion pill include:
- The pill’s failure to work
- Blood clots in the uterus
- Infection and sepsis
- The presence of pregnancy tissues in the uterus after the procedure
- Excessive or prolonged bleeding
- Allergic reactions to the medications
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have concerns about other symptoms related to taking the abortion pill, it is important to contact your doctor, or nurse, or visit the nearest emergency room. Additionally, some women report being impacted emotionally after an abortion.
Can I order the abortion pill online?
Some healthcare providers and clinics offer telehealth appointments, which may allow you to have the abortion pill ordered through mail delivery or your nearby pharmacy. However, the availability of this option varies by state. If you obtain the abortion pill online, you will still need to consult with a doctor who is licensed to prescribe the medication.
If you are planning on trying to order the abortion pill online, you will need to receive pregnancy testing for pregnancy verification, as well as an ultrasound to confirm exactly how far along your pregnancy is (and to ensure there are no other complications such as an ectopic pregnancy). JMJ Pregnancy Center provides these services for free and can talk with you about your abortion options based on how far along you are.
Do I have to have my parent’s permission to get the abortion pill if I’m under 18?
Many states that allow abortions require written consent from at least one parent or legal guardian.
However, if you’re a teenager and need help with an unplanned pregnancy, JMJ offers completely confidential and free support. You don’t need to inform your parents to receive pregnancy options counseling or resources through JMJ.
How much does the abortion pill cost?
The cost of the abortion pill can vary based on your location, the medical facility where you buy it, and whether or not you have health insurance coverage. Typically, the price for the abortion pill falls within the range of $350 to $700 or more.
Can I get pregnant again after taking the abortion pill?
If you have taken the abortion pill and did not experience any untreated serious complications, there should be no risk to your future pregnancies.
Can the abortion pill be reversed?
Women who begin the process may find that they experience feelings of regret or anxiety. Fortunately, there may be a chance to reverse the abortion pill if action is taken soon after the first dose. One possible solution is using a progesterone treatment, which is commonly used to prevent miscarriages. If you have recently taken the abortion pill and need more information about reversal, please reach out to JMJ without delay.
Considering the Abortion Pill?
While we do not perform or refer women for abortions at JMJ, we are dedicated to providing medically accurate information on the abortion pill, as well as other abortion and pregnancy options that are available. Our focus is on empowering you to make informed decisions by offering a supportive environment. Schedule an appointment online or call our Orlando or Kissimmee locations today.