Did you know that following the 2020 coronavirus pandemic more than half of all abortions in the U.S. were performed using the abortion pill? The rise is linked closely to the increase in telehealth and virtual doctor visits. But is the abortion pill safe? As with any kind of medication, complications are possible. It’s important to understand what risks the abortion pill carries in order to make the best decision for your personal health. 

What Is The Abortion Pill?

Before we discuss the risks, let’s begin with what the abortion pill is and what it is not. The abortion pill is not birth control. It is a combination of two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, used to terminate a pregnancy. The first dose of Mifepristone blocks progesterone, the hormone essential for pregnancy. About 24-72 hours after the first drug, Misoprostol is taken to cause the uterus to contract and pass the fetus through cramping and bleeding.

Complications To Be Aware Of 

The abortion pill is often thought of as an easy solution to an unwanted pregnancy. However, it can come with a string of side effects and sometimes even severe complications. Common side effects of the abortion pill include: nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea, and headache. 


One severe complication from the abortion pill is septic shock. Septic shock is a life threatening infection that can cause severe abdominal pain, chills, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing and rapid heart rate. Other risks include incomplete abortion, an ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work, heavy and prolonged bleeding, fever, and digestive system discomfort.

Can The Abortion Pill Cause Mental Health Issues?

Most women are only aware of the physical side effects of an abortion, but it is documented that any type of abortion can affect a woman’s mental health as well. The abortion pill is no exception. 


The American Psychological Association reports that some women will experience feelings of guilt, depression, shame, anger, and a loss of self-confidence. If you are considering a medication abortion, it is vital to have a solid support system of friends and family. 

Find The Answers You Deserve

We understand that facing an unexpected pregnancy might leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Empowering you to make the best decision for your health and future is why our center exists. We offer free and confidential consults to support your unique situation. Reach out today and reclaim your future. 

​​A Hope Center does not provide or refer for abortions but you deserve all the information.