How Safe Is The Abortion Pill?

How Safe Are Abortion Pills?

Extremely safe! Here are 3 things you should know about how safe the abortion pill is.

  1. Abortion pills (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are on the World Health Organisation’s list of essential medicines.
  2. Early medical abortion (abortion under 10 weeks, using these pills) presents all the same symptoms as a miscarriage.
  3. Only 0.2% of all cases where someone has an early medical abortion result in an emergency situation which needs the assistance of a doctor. Abortion pills are extremely safe and are taken by millions of people around the world.

The following information is taken from and is medically certified.

Early medical abortion is extremely safe and effective. There is much less risk associated with any properly used modern methods of abortion, including medical abortion, than the risks associated with the continuation of pregnancy and delivery. Millions of women worldwide have safely and successfully used mifepristone and misoprostol for early medical abortion. Neither drug has been associated with long- term effects on women’s health. 

Serious complications are uncommon after medical abortion and can be treated by any doctor that treats complications of a natural miscarriage. Possible but rare complications include severe hemorrhage (0,2%), infection (less than 1%) and continuing pregnancy (0,3% up to 9 weeks). These complications can be treated by any doctor that treats complication of natural miscarriage. Because a natural miscarriage happens in 15-20% of all pregnancies, doctors worldwide know how to treat any complications of miscarriage – or of medical abortion.

What Side Effects Are Normal and What Is An Emergency?

Remember that some pain is very normal during a miscarriage. Pain, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea and fever are all very common side effects of the abortion pills. Some people will have more pain than others. For pain relief information, look at the Advice and Self Care page.

  • If you are in extreme pain
  • If you are soaking through 2 or more sanitary pads per hour for 2-3 hours and start feeling dizzy/weak

What To Do In An Emergency

  • Go to an Emergency Room, preferably in a Maternity Hospital.
  • If needed, get an ambulance. Ambulances to maternity emergency rooms are free.
  • Here is a list of every Maternity Hospital in the Republic of Ireland:
  • Here is a list of every Maternity hospital in Northern Ireland:

What Is An Ectopic Pregnancy?

  • An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that grows outside the womb, usually in a fallopian tube. It is a life threatening situation because if the pregnancy grows too large it can cause the tube burst. This must always be treated with an operation or medicines. In Irish law, ectopic pregnancies are considered a risk to the life of a mother.
  • A medical abortion does not effect a pregnancy outside the womb!
  • You can make sure that your pregnancy is inside the womb by having an ultrasound. If you use Mifepristone and Misoprostol to end a pregnancy and you do not do an ultrasound first, there is always a chance that you could have an undetected ectopic pregnancy.
  • If you do not pass tissue and blood after taking the Misoprostol, you might have an ectopic pregnancy. If you have sudden severe pain in your belly or back (mostly on one side), if you feel you might faint or if you do faint, or if you feel pain in the shoulder area, you might have an ectopic pregnancy that has burst and you should go to a hospital immediately. Ectopic pregnancies are treated everywhere, even in places where abortion is severely restricted.
  • National maternity hospitals (see lists above) can give you an ultrasound scan free of charge if you present to hospital and say you had a miscarriage, but are still experiencing pain.