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Navigating an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming. Having accurate information is crucial to make informed decisions about your health. We provide factual details to help you better understand this option for managing an unplanned pregnancy.  

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HOW DOES THE ABORTION PILL WORK?

The abortion pill, known by various names Medication Abortion, Medical Abortion, Chemical Abortion, and Plan C, is a two-step process involving two different drugs: 

The initial medication halts the supply of progesterone to the embryo, a hormone crucial for sustaining pregnancy. Deprived of progesterone, the embryo ceases to grow over the following days.

The next medication taken 24-48 hours later, induces uterine contractions and bleeding, facilitating the expulsion of the embryo, ending the pregnancy.

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HOW LATE CAN YOU TAKE THE ABORTION PILL?

The FDA approves the use of the abortion pill up to 10 weeks (or 70 days) from the first day of the last menstrual period. Taking the pill later in pregnancy increases the risk of complications, such as incomplete abortion or severe bleeding, which may necessitate surgical intervention. 

CAN I GET ABORTION PILLS OVER THE COUNTER?

While the FDA permits pharmacists to dispense the abortion pill, it requires a prescription from an authorized provider. Unlike common over-the-counter medications, obtaining the abortion pill involves consulting a healthcare professional.

CAN I ORDER THE ABORTION PILL ONLINE?

The FDA strongly discourages ordering the abortion pill online due to potential safety concerns. Pills obtained from online providers may not be FDA-approved and could pose risks such as being counterfeit, expired, or contaminated. Seeking advice from a licensed medical professional is recommended.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE ABORTION PILL?

As with any medical procedure, the abortion pill may have side effects. Common ones include bleeding, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fever, and abdominal cramping. Severe effects, such as hemorrhaging (severe bleeding), incomplete abortion, or infection, require immediate medical attention.

CONDITIONS WHERE ABORTION PILL IS CONTRAINDICATED:

  • Presence of an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Ectopic pregnancy (an emergency situation requiring immediate intervention) 
  • Pregnancies past 10 weeks
  • Specific medical problems or allergies to the medications used

THE FACTS, NOT THE JUDGMENT

If you have questions or concerns about the abortion pill, or if you’ve initiated the process and wish to discuss alternatives, reach out for support. It’s essential to have accurate information about abortion procedures, costs, and potential side effects. An ultrasound can provide valuable insight. Connect with a pregnancy center offering free ultrasounds to those facing unplanned pregnancies. 

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* Abortion Gaithersburg does not perform or refer for abortion.

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Answers To Common Questions

Making an appointment is a great way to ensure that you can be seen at a time convenient for you. We do accept walk-ins, provided that a counselor is available.
We recommend you make an appointment if you think you are pregnant, have missed your period, or have pregnancy related questions.
You will meet with a trained counselor to go over your information and a pregnancy test will be performed. With a positive pregnancy test, we can then set up an appointment for an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and its viability.
All our services are provided free of charge.
We absolutely understand the comfort of bringing a loved one with you to your appointment. You’re welcome to bring your boyfriend, family member or friend with you.
We adhere to a strict privacy and confidentiality policy. Clients will be protected from disclosure of information that violates their right to privacy except where required by law.

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