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Abortion By Medication | What You Need To Know

If you are considering an abortion, you likely have a lot of questions. What are the different types of abortion? How does each type of abortion work? What options do you have, and are they legal? Here's what you need to know to make an informed decision about your reproductive health. 

Are there different types of abortion?

There are two main types of abortion: surgical and medication. Both types are safe and effective. 

  • Surgical Abortion. A surgical abortion is also called in-clinic abortion. It is a brief procedure that takes place in a doctor's office or clinic. A device is used to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. The whole process takes a few minutes.
  • Medication Abortion. While sometimes referred to as the 'abortion pill,' abortion by medication actually involves taking two pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, to induce a miscarriage. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, a hormone necessary for sustaining a pregnancy, and Misoprostol causes contractions and expels the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. Medication abortions can be done up to 11 weeks after your last period.

Both types of abortions are safe and effective. However, the choice between surgical and medication abortion depends on numerous factors, including how far along you are in your pregnancy, your personal preferences, and your access to resources. Your provider will help you decide which type of abortion is right for you.

Is Abortion by Medication Legal?

An abortion accomplished via medication may not be legal in your state, but it may or may not be illegal to drive to another state for the procedure. Especially with the ever-changing laws surrounding abortions. However, you will have to schedule an appointment with a medical professional to confirm your pregnancy and receive the prescription. The medicine needed for a medication abortion is not available over the counter.

Is Abortion Medicine the Same as the 'Morning-After' Pill?

No, abortion medication and the 'morning-after' pill are not the same, and it is important to note the differences between these two options. Medication abortion induces the miscarriage of an existing pregnancy, while the 'morning-after' pill prevents pregnancy from occurring altogether. Additionally, while the name suggests urgency, the 'morning-after' pill can actually be taken up to five days after unprotected sex.

Abortion can be a daunting topic to think about, but it is important to know that you have options if you find yourself in this situation. Talk to a trusted medical professional if you have additional questions or concerns about abortion medication.

Reach out to an abortion-by-medication service provider to learn more.