The Abortion Pill in Jacksonville, FL?

Before you take the pill know the facts…

The Abortion Pill is a chemical/medical abortion used for women within 10 weeks of their last menstrual period. A chemical abortion involves a series of pills to terminate a pregnancy and does not require surgery or anesthesia. The medications (mifepristone and misoprostol) work together to end and expel a pregnancy from a woman’s body. The first pill, mifepristone, is given at a doctor’s office or clinic and blocks a woman’s progesterone, which is the hormone a woman’s body needs to develop a fetus. The second pill, misoprostol, is taken approximately one to two days later and will generate labor contractions. Misoprostol can cause severe cramping and heavy bleeding as the body expels the contents of the uterus.

According to the FDA, some women should not take the first medication if it has been more than 70 days since the first day of their last menstrual period or if she:

  • has an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus)
  • has problems with the adrenal glands (the glands near the kidneys)
  • is currently being treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy (medications)
  • has had an allergic reaction to the drugs used in the abortion pill, or similar drugs
  • has bleeding problems or is taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drug products
  • has inherited porphyria
  • has an intrauterine device (IUD) in place (it must be removed before taking the first abortion pill dose)
Women who have taken the first abortion pill dose should follow their healthcare provider’s instructions and be aware of the associated risks and complications that can occur, including:

  • sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting
  • abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, with or without fever)
  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed with a surgical abortion
  • An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
Additionally, a chemical abortion is not an option in certain situations, including:

  • If it has been more than 70 days since a woman’s last period
  • You have certain medical conditions, including certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; an uncontrolled seizure disorder; or certain other medical conditions
  • You are on a blood thinner or certain steroid medications
  • You have an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy)
  • You may have an allergy to the abortion medications used
Chemical abortion has not been shown to affect future pregnancies unless complications develop. If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, the possible side effects and risks, complications, and alternatives. Women’s Help Center will guide and support you to help you make an informed decision about your pregnancy.
Florida Abortion Laws
Florida law requires that women wishing to receive an abortion must first have an ultrasound. This is to determine both the gestational age and viability of the pregnancy. In addition, if you are a minor living in Florida, it is state law that your parents or guardians must be notified before an abortion is performed.

Women’s Help Center offers medical-grade pregnancy tests and limited, non-diagnostic ultrasounds at no cost. Call one of our four centers to schedule a confidential appointment

Things to Consider before an Abortion

  • Am I Really Pregnant? And if so, is my pregnancy viable (living)? Is there a heartbeat? Am I at risk for a natural miscarriage?
  • Do you know what the laws in Florida are regarding abortion?

  • There are 2 things to verify before scheduling an abortion: a positive pregnancy and a viable pregnancy. At Women’s Care Center, we offer free lab-quality pregnancy tests to confirm your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, we will offer you a free ultrasound to confirm if your baby is viable (living) and is in the uterus (as opposed to a tubal pregnancy). You may be unaware that 20% of women experience natural miscarriage in the first trimester1 (first 12 weeks) of pregnancy, so an ultrasound is the first step prior to scheduling any medical procedure. Your risk can be best assessed through ultrasound.
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