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What Women Say After Taking the Abortion Pill

We’ve all heard the buzzwords. 



Safer than Tylenol 



However, marketing terms don’t always deal with reality. Because we believe women deserve honest answers, we don’t shy away from sharing all the stories and voices of women who’ve had abortions. Every woman should be heard, and every experience can help the next person make an informed decision.

We don’t charge for our services, and we don’t financially benefit from your choice. We’re just committed to sharing the truth about your options, even the messy, uncomfortable answers, because we put YOU first here. And wherever you go, whatever you decide, that’s what you deserve.

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Most Talked About Physical Side Effects of the Abortion Pill

While side effects vary from woman to woman, the most common include:

  • Cramping and contractions*

  • Heavy bleeding

  • Fever

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

  • Blood clots

*The first dose cuts off nutrients to the fetus so the pregnancy cannot develop, and the second begins the labor process. 

Additional side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Uterine infection

  • Severe allergic reactions

  • Vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

  • Muscle pain or stiffness

  • Difficult, burning, or painful urination

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fluid retention

  • Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

  • High blood pressure

  • Joint and head pain

  • Low potassium

  • Lower back pain

  • An overgrowth of the uterine lining

  • An incomplete abortion

  • Hospitalization 

  • Death - it’s extremely dangerous to take during an ectopic pregnancy 

These side effects can increase if you take additional misoprostol pills. You can find the complete list of drug reactions here

Do not take abortion pills if an intrauterine pregnancy has not been verified. We can provide an ultrasound at no cost.

What Women Most Often Say About Their Self-Managed Abortion Experience At Home

Remember those great marketing buzzwords we talked about? Those are words that women who have not taken the abortion pill use when describing it. It’s what we’ve all seen all over social media and from abortion pill online providers. However, the FDA warned about ordering abortion pills by mail because of the severe health and safety risks.

We take the time to listen to what women say online and in our doors, even when it’s hard. 

No one prepared me for what I’d see.

It hurt way worse than I expected.

I was told to expect cramping, but I didn’t know my body would go into full-blown labor!

I thought I was going to bleed out. It was really scary to be all alone.

If I knew how far along I was, I may have chosen differently…

I really wish someone was with me. It was too much to deal with by myself. 

It wasn’t at all quick. I had days of pain and kept passing blood clots. 

Honest Answers. Real Support.

You deserve better. You deserve real care and real answers. While we don’t provide or refer for abortion services, we offer the support and resources to help you make informed decisions about your pregnancy and health. Contact us today to learn more about our services, including free consultations, pregnancy testing, and ultrasound services, and how we can help you.

If you’ve already had an abortion and want to talk about your experience, we’re here to listen. 


Misoprostol side effects: common, severe, long term. (n.d.). 

Research, C. F. D. E. A. (2023). Information about Mifepristone for Medical Termination of Pregnancy Through Ten Weeks Gestation. U.S. Food And Drug Administration.

Flanders, N. (2022). Five abortion pill dangers every woman should know. Live Action News.

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