Abortion Pill Reversal

Abortion Pill Reversal FAQ’s

Is it too late to reverse the abortion pill?

Our goal is to start the reversal treatment within the first 24 hours of taking the abortion pill, mifepristone, also known as RU-486. However, we have had many successful reversals when treatment was started within 72 hours of taking the abortion pill. Even if 72 hours have passed, call our hotline.

The abortion clinic said I have to complete the abortion. Is that true?

No, it is your choice to change your mind.

What if I am cramping or spotting? Does it mean it’s too late to reverse the abortion pill?

NO, many women have experienced cramping or spotting and have successfully reversed the abortion pill. Important: If you have not had an ultrasound to confirm that your baby is in the uterus, you should have one done right away.

What about the other pills the abortion clinic gave me?

The second medication is called misoprostol or Cytotec. Its purpose is to cause the uterus to contract and expel the baby. If you want to try to reverse the abortion, do not take misoprostol.

Even though I regret my decision to take the abortion pill, there is no way I could keep and raise this baby alone and without support. What would I do then?

We are here to help support pregnant women and their developing babies. Choosing to bring life into this world by delivering a healthy baby doesn’t mean you have to raise the baby by yourself. Placing your baby for adoption is a difficult and brave decision, and may be in the best interest of you and your child. We can connect you with couples who are either unable to have biological children or who are simply looking to provide a child with a loving stable home. We won’t leave you stranded or alone after helping you to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. We are with you through the pregnancy and beyond. We care about you.

What is the treatment to reverse the abortion pill?

An ultrasound will be done as soon as possible to confirm if your baby is still alive. The doctor or other medical provider will prescribe progesterone, which will be given either by injection in the gluteus muscle (butt), a pill by mouth or via a vaginal suppository. Progesterone treatments and ultrasounds will continue through your 1st trimester of pregnancy.

Why is progesterone used?

Progesterone is the natural hormone in a woman’s body that is necessary to nurture and sustain a pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone’s actions by binding to progesterone receptors in the uterus and the placenta. By giving extra progesterone, we hope to outnumber and outcompete the mifepristone in order to reverse the effects of mifepristone.

What if I start cramping or spotting after I start the progesterone treatment?

Many women have experienced cramping or spotting and still go on to have successful reversals. Be sure to let your doctor or medical provider know you are experiencing these symptoms.

What is the success rate of Abortion Pill Reversal?

Our success rate is about 55%. This means 55% of women who choose reversal continue their pregnancies and deliver their babies while about 45% lose their babies. If a loss occurs, it is usually within the first two weeks of treatment.

What about birth defects?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in its Practice Bulletin Number 143, March 2014, states that: “No evidence exists to date of a teratogenic effect of mifepristone.” In other words, it does not appear that mifepristone, RU-486, causes birth defects. Progesterone has been safely used in pregnancy for over 40 years. There is no record of birth defects caused by progesterone. The type of progesterone used for treatment is the same as the progesterone made in a woman’s body. It is sometimes called natural or bioidentical progesterone.

What are the possible side effects of progesterone?

Fatigue or drowsiness, heartburn and soreness at the injection site, if progesterone is given by injection.

Some progesterone treatments include peanut oil – what if I am allergic to peanuts?

If you are allergic to peanuts, you should not take Prometrium capsules or generic progesterone capsules in peanut oil. Be sure to tell your doctor or medical provider you are allergic to peanuts.

How much will this cost?

Choices will cover the cost of the reversal treatment. You will still need to be followed by your obstetrical medical provider.

The abortion pill and the morning after pill are the same thing, right?

No, they are different. The “morning after pill” is marketed as an emergency contraception method. The most commonly used preparation contains a high level of a progestin and can be taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse. New insight into how it works make it clear that it can prevent implantation of the young human embryo into the lining of the uterus. This is a contragestational or abortifacient effect, not a contraceptive effect. The abortion pill, mifepristone, is taken up to seven to nine weeks into a pregnancy with the intention of causing an abortion. It works by blocking progesterone receptors. Progesterone is the necessary hormone that nurtures and supports a pregnancy.

Do any professional organizations support Abortion Pill Reversal?

The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a 2500-member organization supports offering abortion pill reversal (APR) to women who regret initiating the abortion pill process after appropriate informed consent.

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