Before reading this article, abortion procedures are illegal in Kenya as of 2021. It’s only carried out just in the event that there is a need for emergency treatment or in the event that the mother’s life is in danger. According to recent scientific research by Marie Stopes Kenya, Tens of thousands of women die each year as a result of complications that are related to unsafe abortion.
The early expulsion from the uterus of the products of the conception of the woman embryo or of a nonviable foetus. The four typical symptoms in each type of abortion are uterine contractions, uterine haemorrhage, softening and dilatation of the cervix, and performance or expulsion of all or part of the products of conception.
The expulsion or the removal of an embryo or foetus from the mother prematurely can be made as an artificial procedure. Still, it often happens naturally when the mother’s body expels out the foetus because it has died, has genetic or developmental defects, or just because of infection or illness in the mother. Natural abortions are normally called miscarriages. Medically-induced normal abortions, which can be completed with the operation or with hormone drugs, are performed because the foetus is undesired, deformed, not likely to live, or endangers the mother’s life or health.
Here is a list of the popular abortion pills in Kenya.
1. Mifepristone Pills
Mifepristone ( 200g) abortion pill (also known as the RU-486, Mifegyne, Mifeprex, or Zacafemyl ) is normally swallowed with a glass of water. This pill stops progesterone body hormone from working. Without this hormone, the pregnancy can not proceed because it will be detached from the uterus (womb). One beneficial thing about the mifepristone pill is that you can still carry out your day’s chores without any issues, i.e., eat and even drink water normally. Nevertheless, taking alcohol is strictly prohibited after taking this pill.
2. Misoprostol Pills
After being served with the Mifepristone pills, you will be given Misoprostol pills (additionally known as Prostokos, Cytotec, Arthrotec, Oxaprost, Cyprostol, Mibetec, or Misotrol). They serve to contract the uterus ( womb), which therefore makes bleeding and cramping, then abort the pregnancy. Bleeding and cramping will happen a few minutes or just a few hours after using this pill. Please also note that the bleeding will be much heavier than your regular periods, and it can also continue like this for more hours, which is a great sign that abortion will be successful.
Sometimes you might take the Misoprostol Pills, and no bleeding will occur, or it may be lighter than your normal periods. In this position, you are encouraged to use more Misoprostol Pills. It is also advisable to have 8 Misoprostol pills total (4 extra) just in case you need them. You can likewise use Ibuprofen pills to reduce the pain. Placing a warm or hot compress on your stomach and drinking hot tea can additionally help to reduce the pain. Do not use Asprin as it may also interfere with the process. Some women may experience somebody Nausea, headache, diarrhoea, chills, and even bleeding (obvious) after taking the pill.
According to physicians, the combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol is extremely effective (95%). Only take these pills if they are designated to you by a qualified doctor, or otherwise, you will be endangering your precious life. You can always go to any Marie Stopes clinic in Kenya to be advised on how to do a supervised abortion.