Abortion Pill

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Abortion Pill

As you consider your options, you may be thinking about the Abortion Pill, also known as a Medical Abortion or Chemical Abortion. (See abortion procedures.)

Usage – The Abortion Pill process must begin in early pregnancy. It is vital that you learn how far along you are in the pregnancy before beginning this protocol.1 Our Free Ultrasound Evaluation will help you find out exactly how far along you are.

Procedure

The FDA approved regimen 2 for Mifiprex (RU-486) is:

  1. The first medication, Mifeprex, blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the growing embryo dies.
  2. The second medication, Mifipristone, which usually taken 24-48 hours after the first medication, causes cramping, and bleeding expelling the embryo and uterine contents.2
  3. A physical exam is recommended about 7-14 days later to ensure the abortion is complete and that there are no immediate complications.

Did you know you may be able to reverse an abortion that has already begun? Click here to find out more.

Risks & Side Effects

  • The procedure is unsuccessful <3.2% of the time prior to 57 days, 6.5 % from 57-63 days and 7.2% from 63-70 days gestation.3
  • Major adverse events requiring going to the emergency room occur for about 3.7% (about 1 in 25) of the patients between 47-63 days and 4.6% (about 1 in 20) of the patients between 64-70 days gestation.Cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heavy bleeding, infection and in rare cases, death.
  • Not advised for women who have anemia, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizure disorder, acute inflammatory bowel disease, use an intrauterine device (IUD), or are unable to return for the follow-up visit.

Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period. Bleeding can last 9 to 16 days and possibly up to 30 days. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness and headache.3 Consult our Abortion Health and Safety Checklist here.

Complications – Possible complications include heavy bleeding requiring surgery to stop the bleeding and serious infection. Before taking any medication, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and know what to do if complications arise.4

Follow-up – It is important to follow-up with your doctor 1 to 2 weeks after taking this medication regime to see if an abortion has occurred and to assess for complications.2   

To learn more about pills for abortion and your pregnancy options, schedule a free and confidential appointment today

Resources

  • 1LMP – Last Menstrual Period

    2 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2016). “Mifeprex Medication Guide.” U.S. Department of Health. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM088643.pdf

    3 Mifeprex Label (2016), Table 4.

    4 Winikoff B, Dzuba IG, Chong E, Goldberg AB, Lichtenberg ES, Ball C, et al. edtabs (2012). “Extending outpatient medical abortion services through 70 days of gestational age.” Obstet Gynecol, 120(5): 1070-6.

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