The “abortion pill” refers to two drugs recommended by the World Health Organization: Misoprostol and Mifepristone{1}.

What are Misoprostol and Mifepristone?


It is a drug that in addition to being used to cause intrauterine contractions that lead to abortion or induce labor, it is also referred to for the prevention of stomach ulcers since it protects the mucosa that lines the stomach and reduces the production of acid secretion. In the intrauterine muscle it usually produces regular contractions, so it is also used for the treatment of prevention of postpartum hemorrhage.

According to the portal {2}, some side effects that can occur when consuming this drug are increases in body temperature, diarrhea, headache, stomach pain, upset stomach, gas, vomiting, constipation and indigestion. These effects are usually short-term and stop after you stop taking misoprostol.

Cases of overdose documented by Susana Limia and Andrew Lumsden{3} point out that in addition to the usual side effects, alterations in consciousness, low blood pressure, tachycardia and abdominal pain can occur. The administration of Misoprostol had been, in the cases studied, greater than 20 tablets at the same time. To counteract the overdose, there is no antidote, they resorted to treating the symptoms and eliminating the drug from the body.

The official page of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for Peru {4} indicates that a toxic dose of this drug has not been determined in humans.


It is a drug that is used in very controlled environments to interrupt pregnancy or to control high blood sugar in a very precise type of cortisol overproduction associated with Cushing’s Syndrome, in some countries such as China and Russia it is also used as a pill of emergency after a sexual encounter without protection or with failure of the contraceptive method. Since its sale is limited, as is its use, there is little open access research on drug interaction.

According to the page medlineplus {5}, some of its side effects can be weakness, nervousness, irritability, unexpected vaginal bleeding or spotting, cramps, dry mouth, diarrhea, pelvic pain, constipation, pain in joints or muscles, burning, itching or vaginal discharge, nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness, unusual tiredness or weakness, tremors, sweating, and headache. These effects are rare and when they usually appear, they do so at the start of prolonged use.

So, what happens if I take the pills when I’m not pregnant?

In short, the consumption of both drugs in the absence of pregnancy can have some mild adverse reactions. These reactions disappear when it is stopped and does not have any long term risks.

In conclusion, it WILL NOT HARM your health, but your body will experience the other symptoms that medications cause: diarrhea, nausea, headache, fever, etc. but without the menstrual-like bleeding that would indicate that the abortion process is in progress.

Therefore, it is highly recommended that before you use any abortion medication, you can first confirm if you are pregnant or not, in this way:

  • You do not spend your money buying a medicine that you don’t need: Take into account that a pregnancy test in your country.
  • You wave a procedure that you don’t need: Although, using abortion pills is safe for your body, it is important to recognize that the procedure is not usually comfortable… and we would not have to go through it if we are not in need of it.
  • At the end of the day, you still have to take a pregnancy test: Some people tend to rush to use the pills without confirming their pregnancy because they feel anxious or because they are afraid to take the pregnancy test, however, if you use the abortion pills without confirming your pregnancy and do not have the expected symptoms, you will have to go for a pregnancy test! This to confirm if you have never been pregnant or to understand if the pills did not work as expected.

If you still have doubts about this procedure, we invite you to review our page: or you can contact our Safe Abortion Assistant Ally at +1 833 221 2559 (save it like this in your contacts, with the “+” included) So you can solve all your questions.