Continuation of pregnancy: Women who change their minds after beginning a medication abortion and want to continue their pregnancies should immediately seek the help of an obstetrician. Go to www.abortionpillreversal.com for help.
Bleeding: Vaginal bleeding lasts for an average of 9-16 days; 1 in 100 women bleed enough to require surgery (D&C) to stop the bleeding.
Infection: According to the FDA, "Cases of serious bacterial infection, including very rare cases of fatal septic shock, have been reported." This means that some Mifeprex users have died as a result of total body infection. The FDA issued a health advisory July 19, 2005 and changed safety labeling to warn of the reisk of this serious bacterial infection.
Undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy: The abortion pill does not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy where the embryo lodges outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. if not diagnosed early, there could be a risk of the tube bursting, internal hemorrhage and death in some cases.
Failed abortion: The mifepristone-misoprostol regimen fails in 8% of uses in pregnancy up to 49 days gestation, 17% at 50-56 days gestation, and 23% at 57-63 days gestation.20,26(pp.111-34)
Important: Within the first 24 hours after taking mifepristone and misoprostol, contact your health-care professional right away if you experience:28
- heavy bleeding that soaks through two thick, full-size sanitary pads per hour for two hours
- persistant somach pain or discomfort
- diarrhea, with or without fever
- fever of 100.4º or higher for more than 4 hours
These symptoms, even without a fever, may indicate a serious and possibly fatal blood infection called sepsis.
Our centers offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however we do not offer or refer for abortion services.
Sources: 1)“Before You Decide” Brochure; CareNet Care Net, 44180 Riverside Parkway Suite 200, Lansdowne, Virginia 20176 , Phone: 703.554.8734, Fax: 703.554.8735, firstname.lastname@example.org; 2) "the abortion pill" booklet; Focus on the Family, 2011