10 Risks and Side Effects of Abortion Pills

If you’re considering an at-home abortion using abortion pills, gather as much information as you can before you act.

If you are considering taking abortion pills like Mifeprex (also known as Mifepristone or RU-486), make an appointment with us first to determine pregnancy viability and gestational age. We’re here for you.


Most Common Side Effects

Abortion pills do have potential side effects.

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Conditions That Don't Mix

Check for interactions and pre-existing conditions.

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What If I Change My Mind?

Reversing your abortion may be possible.

Parentingadoption, or abortion —

if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you’ve likely played out each of these scenarios in your head. Deciding what to do with your pregnancy might be the most difficult choice you’ve ever had to make.

We can help you get all the facts to decide your next steps.

These are the most common risks and side-effects of abortion pills.

Failed abortion, and you’re still pregnant.

Infections from retained fetal tissue left in the uterus.

Hemorrhaging or severe blood loss.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

Blood clots in your uterus.

Allergic reaction to pills.

Lack of treatment access.

Uterine scarring from infections leads to increased infertility.

Damaged mental health.

Fever or belly pains.

Common pre-existing conditions that don’t mix with abortion pills.

If you’re currently on any medications or have pre-existing conditions, these could cause problems when abortion pills are taken. Below are some of the more common pre-existing conditions that don’t mix well with abortion pills:

An intrauterine device (IUD)

Allergies to the medications used in the medical abortion

Heart, blood vessel, liver, kidney, or lung diseases

Ectopic pregnancy

Use of blood thinners or steroid medications

What to do before getting abortion pills.

What to do before getting abortion pills.

Before deciding if the abortion pill is right for you, there are certain precautions. These screenings include:

  • consult a licensed physician,
  • have a medical-grade pregnancy testing,
  • have an ultrasound scan, and
  • have STI testing.

Her Choice Birmingham offers free medical-grade pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, and can refer you for STI testing. We also provide abortion pill reversal, pre-abortion counseling, support after abortion, abortion recovery programs, and referrals for essential community resources.

What if I change my mind?

If you’ve taken the first abortion pill, you can still change your mind about abortion. Contact us immediately, because the faster we can start the abortion pill reversal protocol, the higher the probability your abortion can be reversed.

What is Abortion Pill Reversal (APR)?

Abortion Pill Reversal is the medical protocol used to reverse the effects of the first abortion pill. There is no guarantee for success. Initial studies suggest that there is a a 64-47% chance of restoring the placenta to full function and going on to deliver a normal, healthy baby.

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Did you know?

Everything we offer is free to you.
Everything we do for you is confidential.

Don’t let a lack of insurance, fear, or anyone around you prevent you from getting the information and pregnancy care you deserve.

Our trained and caring staff is here to help you. If you have questions, are considering an abortion, or are afraid or aren’t sure you can take care of a baby, please call us at (205) 252-0706. We offer no-cost pregnancy support, classes, and other pregnancy resources like diapers and clothing. We’re here to help you.

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Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.

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Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center serves the surrounding communities of Birmingham, Alabama helping women facing an unplanned pregnancy, to work through their options. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, counseling, support after abortion, and parent resources for women in the Birmingham area.

Her Choice Birmingham Women's Center

A caring women's center, offering free and confidential pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, post-abortion recovery, counseling, and parent resources for women in the Birmingham community.

2120 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

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