Can I Get the Abortion Pill by Mail?

At the time of this writing, abortion is banned in Kentucky. However, if you’re considering crossing state lines to receive an abortion, it’s important to arm yourself with the facts before making a decision in order to safeguard your health.

Read on to learn more about how the abortion pill works, the associated risks, and how you can take the next steps.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill (also referred to as a “medical abortion”), is actually a combination of two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, that are taken 24-48 hours apart. 

Mifepristone is taken first, and it terminates the pregnancy by blocking the hormone progesterone, which is needed to sustain a pregnancy. 

Misoprostol is taken next, and it causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through the vagina. 

What Happens After I Take the Abortion Pill?

Although some women report nausea after taking mifepristone, most of the side effects happen after taking misoprostol. 

Since misoprostol causes the uterus to contract, you will experience the following within a few hours of taking the drug: 

  • Painful cramping
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Passing blood clots 
  • Passing the pregnancy

Some women also experience nausea, dizziness, fever, and chills. 

What Are Potential Complications?

Complications can arise after taking the abortion drugs, which is why it’s essential to know the warning signs to look out for. It’s also important to be able to get to an emergency room if you notice any of the following symptoms: 

  • Intense pain that keeps getting worse
  • Bleeding too much (soaking more than one pad per hour)
  • High fever

Next Steps

If you’re thinking about an abortion, an important first step to protect your health is to get an ultrasound. This simple scan can reveal key information for however you choose to move forward. At ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, we provide free and confidential ultrasounds and other pregnancy resources to help you feel empowered and supported. Contact us today.