How Safe are Abortion Pills

There is a debate on whether abortion pills are safe or not? The realty is that abortion pills are more safer than the surgical abortion. 

Himanshu Sharma
PregnancyWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Jan 16, 2013
How Safe are Abortion Pills

Abortion pill is one way to end pregnancy which is less than nine weeks. However, safety of abortion pills (also known as medical abortion) has always been a topic of debate. A study conducted at the National Abortion Federation and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests abortion pill is safe and has no long term risks associated with them.


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However, some of the prolonged effects of abortion pills that can remain for fifteen days are as follows.

  • Sleeplessness
  • Pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Immunosuppression (reduced activity of immune system)
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Painful Cramps
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting


Are abortion pills really safe?

According to the World Health Organization, medical abortion is an effective way to terminate pregnancy. When taken in the first nine weeks of pregnancy, it has shown successful results in a majority of cases. The best part is that there is minimum risk of infection and maternal death.

The findings of a research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development shows that abortion pills are safe and do not pose any threat to future pregnancies. The pill neither affects the health of women nor does it increase the chances of miscarriage, preterm birth, tubal pregnancy or lower birth weight in babies.

Even though there are certain risks of allergic reaction and prolonged bleeding, but it is safe to take abortion pills under the supervision of a medical doctor.

Who must not take Abortion Pills?

Before opting for medical abortion the related risk factors must be given due consideration.

Abortion pills are not recommended if the person has certain medical conditions such as anaemia, chronic adrenal failure, cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled seizure disorder or a history of taking antidepressants.
Medical abortion is a complete no in any case of ectopic pregnancy.  The pill can burst the fallopian tube and endanger the life of the patient.




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