Are There Risks When Taking the RU486 Pill?

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are probably feeling like your world has been turned upside down, and it’s hard to know what to do or who to talk to. Often the first thought is about abortion, and you might be wondering what the risks are when taking the RU486 pill, also known as the abortion pill.

About Medical Abortion

Medical abortion is the procedure that uses the RU486 (abortion) pill to terminate a pregnancy using two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Mifepristone is the first pill taken, and it blocks progesterone, a hormone necessary for the embryo to remain attached inside the uterus. Misoprostol, the second pill taken, stimulates contractions to expel the pregnancy.

The pills are taken on separate days, and the abortion can take several days to complete, followed by two to three weeks of bleeding and spotting. A follow-up visit one to two weeks later is a crucial step to help avoid some of the risks associated with the pills.

Risks When Taking RU486

Failure or Incomplete Abortion: Medical abortion failure means the pregnancy was unresponsive to the drugs and can result in heavy bleeding, hemorrhage, anemia, and/or a drop in blood pressure. This requires a second procedure—a surgical abortion—in order to complete a failed medical abortion; otherwise, the pregnancy could continue.

Infection: Infection and sepsis are risks associated with the abortion pill and, together with hemorrhage, are the most frequent causes of illness and death due to mifepristone. This can occur due to pregnancy tissue remaining in the uterus.

Severe Pain: This is due to the uterine cramping generated by the Misoprostol pill. This pain is both necessary and expected as the pregnancy leaves the woman’s body.

Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea: These can occur but are generally mild.

Damage to the Uterus: Misoprostol has been reported to cause rupturing or tearing of the uterus when RU486 is administered after the eighth week of pregnancy. This can cause severe bleeding, the need for a hysterectomy, or death.

Come for a No-Cost Screening

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we know how hard an unwanted pregnancy is for you. We are here to offer you a variety of services, including a no-cost pregnancy test to confirm your at-home results, a no-cost ultrasound to tell you how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable, and STD testing at no cost to you as well.

Just as important as the screening is our confidential, non-judgmental environment. We are here to support you, to empower you, answer your questions, and to give you the critical information you need so that you can make the best possible decision for you.

Let us help you. Call Willowbrook Women’s Center today and make an appointment to come see us.

How Many Weeks Do I Have to be to Have an Abortion?

There are many symptoms that may lead you to suspect you’re pregnant, such as fatigue, cravings, aversions, frequent urination, missed periods, nausea, and more. Of course, all of these symptoms alone don’t point directly to pregnancy but several of them together may be an indication of a potential pregnancy. Some women experience some less common signs including bloating, headaches, backaches, mood swings, or dizziness, all which can be attributed to other factors as well. With so many potential signs, it’s difficult to know if you’re pregnant and what to do about it.

Suspecting Pregnancy

A general rule is to take a pregnancy test after a full week after your missed period to receive the most accurate result. Even though a pregnancy test can be helpful, it isn’t always accurate, especially when it comes to confirming a viable pregnancy. There is only one way to confirm viability and it’s via an ultrasound.

Confirming Viability

Ultrasounds are the only way to accurately confirm pregnancy and its viability. Viability is the likelihood the pregnancy will continue to full term. Nearly 30% of pregnancies end naturally either by miscarriage or due to a non-viable pregnancy such as an ectopic pregnancy. Not only does having an ultrasound confirm viability, but it also allows you to date your pregnancy which helps you narrow down all legal abortion and pregnancy options available to you.

First Steps

After you’ve had a positive pregnancy test result and received an ultrasound, it’s time for one last test. A limited STD test for the two most common STDs, gonorrhea and chlamydia, is more important than you know. If you are considering an abortion and have an unidentified and untreated STD, you open yourself up to the possibility of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. PID can develop after infected STD cells travel into the uterus during an abortion procedure. PID can lead to a lifetime struggle with reproductive health and potential infertility.

When Can I Have an Abortion?

There are different abortive procedures offered at different times during a pregnancy. During weeks 0-10, the abortion pill may be an option, but after that and until 21 weeks and 6 days, a surgical abortion may be an option. Be sure to get an ultrasound prior to an abortive procedure so you won’t pay for and undergo a procedure you don’t need. Be sure to Request a pre-abortion ultrasound and discuss all your options during your pre-abortion screening at Willowbrook Women’s Center.

There are hundreds of scenarios that may lead you to Willowbrook Women’s Center, but you can be sure of the excellent care and service you’ll receive from us. Our doors are always open to women from all walks of life dealing with an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy. We provide professional services to help arm women with all the information they need to help make the best decision for them. To schedule your no-cost appointment today, call us today.

How Early Can I Get an Abortion?

When you suspect you’re pregnant, logic and clarity go right out the window. You may want kids, but maybe this isn’t when you want them. There is no way to prepare for an unexpected or untimely pregnancy. But when the stick turns pink, there’s somewhere you can go to get answers: Willowbrook Women’s Center. 

Pregnancy Signs

There are a variety of symptoms you may experience before you take a pregnancy test. You may have missed your period, felt extra tired, been moody, gassy, nauseous, or felt like you had to pee every few minutes. All of these symptoms separately can be caused by a host of other things, but put together, they often point to early signs of pregnancy. In fact, there are quite a few symptoms for early pregnancy that can often be dismissed as “just not feeling good.” If you suspect you’re pregnant, an at-home pregnancy test can help put your mind at ease, unless it says, “pregnant.”

First Steps

So now what? Before panic sets in, you should know that a positive pregnancy test can be false. It’s not frequent, but if the test is expired or isn’t administered properly, it can lead to a false positive. The only way to confirm a viable pregnancy is to have an ultrasound. In fact, 33 percent of all pregnancies naturally terminate before the twentieth week.  Or you may have an ectopic pregnancy which means the embryo implanted in the fallopian tubes instead of in the uterus. This requires immediate medical attention to remove.

When Can I Have an Abortion?

Depending on how far along the pregnancy is, there are several different abortion methods. Though not recommended, both medical and surgical abortions could be performed without confirming a pregnancy. Checking pregnancy placement and viability would be your first step in determining if abortion is an option.  

Why Willowbrook?

Willowbrook Women’s Center provides a pre-abortion screening and accurate, unbiased pregnancy and abortion information at no cost. We know how confusing and tempting it can be to hide from the truth when you’re hurting, but we help equip and guide you through your decision-making process, so you can feel comfortable and empowered in your decision. You have nothing to lose with your pre-abortion screening from Willowbrook Women’s Center. If you’re looking for answers and don’t know where to go or who to trust, make your free and confidential appointment today.

Where Can I Receive Pre-Abortion Care?

If you’ve just discovered you are unexpectedly pregnant, you might feel numb, or in a panic, or even both. You aren’t alone.

When your mind is whirling with all the “what if’s” and all you can think is “why me,” it can be hard to know what to do, or where to start. If you can find a quiet, calming place where you can sit down, take a deep breath, and get comfortable, it might help give you a bit of peace so you can consider what your options are.

If you think having an abortion might be the right path for you, you could be wondering where you can receive pre-abortion care.

What is that?

Pre-abortion care is another way of saying you are looking for confidential services, completely unbiased information, and compassionate, supportive care as you explore your choices for your unplanned pregnancy, particularly abortion.

Why Choose Us?

We are your first step. At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we will make sure you get the critical, unbiased information you need, and we will provide the services necessary to make an informed decision. This will give you the confidence to know that the decisions you make are what is best for you.

Pre-Abortion Care

Come in and we will offer you a free, laboratory-quality pregnancy test. These tests are more accurate than most over-the-counter tests, and even if you have taken a test at home, it’s best to have a licensed health professional give you a test to confirm your at-home test results.

You can’t be too careful and our pre-abortion care can help you avoid paying for an abortion you may not need. Miscarriage can happen, and in up to 25 percent of pregnancies it does. Close to 80 percent of those will happen during the first 12 weeks, many before a woman even knows she is pregnant.

If you have a positive pregnancy test, we will provide you with a free ultrasound as well. That test will show if your pregnancy is viable, will determine the gestational age, and can detect an ectopic pregnancy (a dangerous condition requiring medical treatment).

Another important factor, especially when considering an abortion, is testing for STDs, something we can do for you at no cost. Don’t be fooled into thinking you aren’t at risk just because you have no symptoms, as this is often the case.

If you have an abortion with an untreated STD, you run a risk of having the bacteria move into your reproductive tract during the abortion procedure and turning into pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause chronic pain in your lower abdomen, fever, an unusual discharge with a bad odor from your vagina, pain and/or bleeding when you have sex, a burning sensation when you urinate, or bleeding between periods.

If your STD test comes back positive, we will give you a referral for treatment.

Unbiased, Critical Information

We will also give you the critical information you need to understand abortion and the different procedures available, dependent upon how far along your pregnancy is. We will go over all the information with you, make sure we answer your questions, and help you make a confident decision.

All appointments are professional, confidential and no cost to you. Contact us today. We are here to give you support and help you through this time in your life.


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