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