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Medical Abortion Pill Risks Include the Following:
Infection, blood clots in the uterus, heavy uterine bleeding, laceration or torn cervix, cervical perforation, perforation of the wall of the uterus, pelvic infection, incomplete abortion, delivery of fetus into the perforated uterus or cervix, anesthetic related complications, and in rare cases, maternal death are possible risks associated with abortion procedures. Our complication rate has been less than 0.5 percent. It is much safer to have a medical abortion procedure than carrying a pregnancy to term. There have been no deaths associated with abortion in our offices. To reduce the possibility or incidence of a live birth, all patients who are 21.6 weeks pregnant or further will receive an injection of medications into the fetal heart, or be given a fetal intramuscular injection, or medication instilled into the amniotic fluid that will stop the fetal heart beat immediately or within a few hours of injection.
The medical abortion pill procedure involves taking a medication called RU486, Mifepristone, Mifeprex, or Mifegyne. It is normally used in early pregnancies between 3 and 10 weeks gestation. We at the Women's Centers perform the Medical Abortion Pill Procedure in the second trimester of pregnancy (14.1 to 24 weeks). The procedure is performed in 24 hours or less in 99.9% of pregnancies with minimal to no complications.
The medical abortion pill works by blocking progesterone which is the hormone responsible for maintaining early pregnancies. Withdrawing progesterone causes sloughing of the wall of the pregnant uterus which is turn detaches the pregnancy from the uterine wall. The cervix dilates (opening) with softening. There is also an increase in the intrauterine pressure followed by uterine bleeding and expelling of the pregnancy. The medical abortion by pill alone can end in termination of early pregnancies 40 to 85 percent of the time.
Misoprostol (Cytotec) is the second medication used in the first trimester of pregnancy to terminate pregnancies. It is a prostaglandin that causes uterine contractions. It is normally taken 48 hours after the Medical Abortion by Pill was consumed. Patients are asked to return to the office 10 to 21 days to assure the termination process is complete.
The combination of the Medical Abortion Pill and Misoprostol is 95 to 99.9% effective. The earlier in pregnancy the procedure is performed, the higher the success rate of abortion.
Ovulation can occur as early as 6 days after the abortion procedure is complete. It is imperative that women are placed on birth control prior to leaving the office. We also encourage patients to consider emergency contraceptive methods. It may reduce the incidence of pregnancy up to 95% if the pills are taken within 2 hours of the unprotected event. The only way this can generally happen is for women to have the pills stored in their medicine cabinet at home or in their purse.
Please contact our offices and have your questions answered regarding the Medical Abortion Pill Risks. The Medical Abortion Pill Procedure can be performed from 3 to 24 weeks in 24 hours or less in 99% of patients. You may call and make an appointment today.
Username: Abortion Facts and Information Added On: 2013 December 22