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If you think you might be pregnant, and you’re looking for information on your options, abortion may be something you’re considering. We're here for you 24/7/365 to talk about all your options at 1-800-712-4357 or the chat option on this page. All calls are confidential. 

Before taking the abortion pill, it is important to ask the right questions. This is a big decision and you deserve to have all the information.

What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill — also referred to as medication abortion, chemical abortion, RU-486 or self-managed abortion — is usually used to reference the medications mifepristone and misoprostol taken to terminate the pregnancy of a developing baby within the first 10 weeks. It is NOT the morning-after pill. Currently, about 40% of all abortions in the U.S. occur through the abortion pill. 

The first pill, mifepristone, is prescribed by a doctor within the first seven to ten weeks of pregnancy and is given at the office visit. This drug blocks the effects of progesterone — a natural hormone that women produce that provides the essential nutrients needed for the developing baby to thrive.  The second drug, misoprostol, is taken at home 6-48 hours later and causes cramping and bleeding in order to empty the uterus. 

An abortion can be reversed after taking mifepristone and before misoprostol.

The chemical abortion can not be reversed after taking misoprostol. 

The Abortion Pill Process

The 1st Pill - Mifepristone

  • A doctor will give a woman considering chemical abortion a physical exam to determine if she is eligible for this type of chemical abortion procedure. Not all women are eligible. 
  • She may be given antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • She will be given an oral dose of mifepristone during her first office visit.

The 2nd Pill - Misoprostol

  • Misoprostol tablets are taken orally or inserted vaginally about 6 to 48 hours after taking the mifepristone. The tablets cause contractions and expel the remains of the baby. This process may take a few hours or as long as a few days.
  • The woman will need to be examined by her doctor two weeks later to ensure the abortion was complete and to check for complications.

The procedure is unsuccessful approximately 5-10% of the time with the potential of requiring an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination.

All women considering chemical abortion should be informed about the side effects and risks of mifepristone and misoprostol.

What are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

Mifepristone (RU-486) is a very strong drug and you may experience side effects after taking it. Side effects vary from person to person and no two women’s experiences are alike.

Here is a list of potential side effects you may experience after taking the Abortion Pill.

Common side effects of Mifepristone Oral (RU-486)

Severe Less Severe
Uterine Cramps High Blood Pressure
Bleeding Not Related to Menstrual Period Overgrowth of the Uterine Lining
Backache Joint Pain
Stomach Cramps Dizziness
Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood Low Energy
  Fluid Retention in the Legs, Feet, Arms or Hands
  Loss of Appetite
  Head Pain
  Nausea
  Throwing Up
  Diarrhea

Infrequent side effects of Mifepristone Oral

Severe Less Severe
Infection Indigestion
Chills Inflammation or Infection of Vagina
  Chronic Trouble Sleeping
  Fever

 

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