The Abortion Pill (Medication Abortion)

The Abortion Pill (also called Mifeprex, Mifepristone, or RU-486) is the most common form of medication abortion in the United States.  The Abortion Pill may cause serious side effects, including failure to terminate the pregnancy.  Because of the risk of serious complications, Mifeprex is only available through a restricted program which requires the abortion provider to warn patients about the risks and what to do if complications occur.   The FDA has approved its use in women up to 70 days (10 weeks) after their last menstrual period (LMP).

Three Step Process

Medication abortion requires multiple steps.  The first step is visiting an abortion provider for an assessment and the first dose of medication.  24 to 48 hours later, the patient takes the second dose of medication at a convenient location, usually at home.  After this dose, cramping will begin to expel the embryo.  The final step is for the patient to follow up with the abortion provider to check if the abortion was complete and for complications.

Failure or Complications

The Abortion Pill regimen doesn’t always cause an abortion.  The failure rate increases with advancing gestational age and a surgical procedure may be required to complete a failed medical abortion.  In addition, other serious side effects are possible.  If you are considering a medication abortion, make sure you have all the information about this procedure as well as the surgical options.  Call the Center to make an appointment for a free, confidential, professional abortion information consultation, pregnancy test, and viability ultrasound.

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