I have been diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy, can I use the abortion pills?

If you have been diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy [1], it is advised to seek medical attention for further care. The abortion pills will not resolve an ectopic pregnancy, and growing ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous. Sources [1] Gynuity. Providing medical abortion in low-resource settings An Introductory Guidebook. Second Edition. 2009. Retrieved from: https://gynuity.org/assets/resources/clinguide_maguide2nd_edition_en.pdf

I have an IUD in place, can I use the abortion pills?

An IUD is not a contraindication [1] to using the abortion pills, but it does require some precaution. A pregnancy that occurs with an IUD in place increases the risk that it is an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy not inside the uterus). Whenever possible, the safest recommendation to have the IUD removed prior to using the…

I have anemia, can I take the abortion pills?

If you have anemia with current symptoms of lightheadness, dizziness, fainting, shortness-of-breath or fatigue it is recommended you consult a physician prior to using the abortion pills. If your anemia is not symptomatic [1] and well-controlled, it is okay to use the abortion pills. Sources [1] Gynuity. Providing medical abortion in low-resource settings An Introductory…

I am HIV positive, can I take the abortion pills?

If you are HIV positive [1], you can use the abortion pills. As always when living with HIV, it is recommended that you are stable and on anti-retroviral medications. Sources [1] WHO. Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems. Second edition. 2012. Retrieved from: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/70914/?sequence=1

I am Rh Negative blood type. Is it a problem to have an abortion with pills ?

According to the World Health Organization’s recommendations [1] on safe abortion, Rh testing is not required to have an abortion. Women who are Rh-negative blood type have traditionally been administered Rh-immunoglobulin (rhogam) within 72 hours of abortion, however research shows this is likely unnecessary. If you live in a place where Rh-immunoglobulin administration is the…

Is there a weight restriction for abortion pills?

There is no weight restriction [1] to use the abortion pills. If you are overweight it is recommended that you use the same regimen, no additional medication is necessary. Sources [1] WHO. Frequently asked clinical questions about medical abortion. Retrieved from: https://www.womenonweb.org/en/media/inline/2012/6/5/who_medical_abortion.pdf

Is there an age limit for the abortion pills?

Abortion pills are safe to use for women of any age. There is no upper or lower age limit [1] to use the abortion pills. The recommended dose of abortion pills does not change according to your age. Check our protocols here: Mifepristone and Misoprostol and Misoprostol only. Sources [1] WHO. Frequently asked clinical questions…

What are the side effect of taking the abortion pills?

The most common side effects of Misoprostol and Mifepristone pills use for abortion [1] are pain (uterine cramping) and vaginal bleeding, although these are the intended effects of the medications. Other possible side effects [2] include: fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Sources [1] Planned Parenthood. What can I expect after I take the abortion pill?…

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