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ABORTION BY PILL
Abortion by Pill is a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy by using medicine.
The non-surgical abortion process also known as RU486 / medical abortion may be used up to 10 weeks (70 days) from your last menstrual period (LMP). It is way to end pregnancy with medicine.
- On the day of your appointment you will receive an ultrasound and laboratory work.
- A clinician will meet with you to review all instructions and answer your questions.
- You will take the first pill (Mifeprex) in the office. Within 48 hours the second dose of medication (misoprostol) will be administered at home. The combination of the two medicines will cause you to bleed and in most cases end the pregnancy within a few hours of using the second medicine at home.
- You must return in 1-2 weeks to make sure everything worked properly.
Who can choose medical abortion?
- You may choose the abortion if you are less than 10 weeks pregnant.
- You must agree to have a in-clinic abortion if the medical abortion fails.
- You must be able to return for at least one and sometimes more follow-up visits to ensure the process is complete.
- You should plan to have someone with you when you use the second medication at home.
- You must be 18 years old.
- You are not breastfeeding.
- You don’t have a medical condition that prevents the safe use of the pill such as clotting disorders, heart or kidney problems, or seizures.
How long does it take?
Occasionally patients may begin to bleed after using the Mifeprex in the office. Most women bleed and pass the pregnancy several hours after using the second medication at home.
How effective is it?
Medical abortion is approximately 93% effective. Mifeprex and misoprostol will cause birth defects to this pregnancy. If the medical abortion does not work an in-clinic procedure MUST be performed. There is no extra charge if performed in our office under local anesthesia.
How does it feel?
You should expect:
- strong cramps
- nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
- heavy bleeding
When will I get my period?
Your period will come in four to six weeks. You can begin your birth control right away. If you start hormonal birth control you will know exactly when your period will begin. Your pregnancy test will remain positive for three weeks.
Abortion by pill is available at all of our centers.
To estimate the length of your pregnancy, enter the first day of your last period and then press 'calculate'.
The Pregnancy Calculator above is an estimation of weeks from reported last normal menstrual period and does not constitute medical advice. A missed period does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant, and having a period does not mean you are not pregnant. Only an exam, pregnancy test, or ultrasound by a physician can confirm pregnancy and approximate length of pregnancy. The calculator should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon for weeks of pregnancy, conception date, or due date.