According to the FDA, the abortion pill may cause serious side effects. Before having a medication abortion, it’s important to understand all the possible side effects, confirm how long you have been pregnant, and know if you have any conditions that may interfere with the abortion pill.

What Is the Abortion Pill? 

The abortion pill (sometimes called a self-induced abortion or medical abortion) is a combination of two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol

As with any medications, these may have side effects, may not be effective for everyone, and may interact with other medicines you are taking. 


The first pill blocks a hormone called progesterone so that your pregnancy stops progressing. Some women experience bleeding and other side effects at this point.


The second pill causes the uterus to contract, expelling the pregnancy tissue. Cramping and bleeding occur as part of this process.

Cramping and Bleeding

For many women, cramping, bleeding, and spotting last about 9 to 16 days after taking the abortion pill. For some women, bleeding may last up to 30 days. 

According to the FDA, you may experience pain and see blood clots and tissue.

It’s important to monitor this and to follow up with a healthcare provider after a medication abortion, because sometimes bleeding can be too heavy and require a surgical procedure to ensure your safety.

What Are Other Common Side Effects of The Abortion Pill?

Besides the expected bleeding and cramping, the FDA states that the most common side effects of medication abortion include:

  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Fever/chills
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness 

Am I Eligible for the Abortion Pill? 

The FDA does not recommend taking the abortion pill if any of the following criteria apply to you:

  • You have been pregnant for 70 days or more
  • Your pregnancy is ectopic (not located within the uterus)
  • You take certain medications
  • You have certain pre-existing conditions

Before taking the abortion pill, manage your risks by confirming these details about your personal health. We can help.

Free Women’s Health Services in Fort Wayne and Columbia City

Your first step is medical-grade pregnancy testing, followed by a nurse consultation and an ultrasound exam, if medically indicated.   

While A Hope Center does not provide or refer for abortions, our medical team is available to consult with you and answer your questions about abortion pill side effects in a comfortable, judgment-free space. 

To schedule an appointment at no cost, contact us.