Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)
The abortion pill (also known as Mifeprex, mifepristone, or RU-486) uses two drugs and is approved by the FDA for use in women up to 10 weeks after their last menstrual period. It is the most common type of medical abortion.
How does it work?
This drug blocks the effect of the hormone progesterone, which is necessary for the continuation of pregnancy. The embryo’s connection with the uterus is lost, eventually causing his or her death over the course of days, in most cases.
The FDA-approved procedure requires a single office visit, other visits are up to the abortion provider’s discretion.
Side effects can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Severe cramping
For more information about medical abortions, please contact our office
. Before starting any medical procedure, it is important for you to have a medical-grade pregnancy test and an ultrasound to confirm a viable pregnancy. At our center, we offer these services at no charge.
The abortion pill is not the same as emergency contraception (also known as the morning-after pill). If you have questions about these various medications, it is important to consult a medical professional. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment and speak with a nurse today.
Care Net. Before You Decide. 2016
(All medical information provided on this page is taken from the Before You Decide magazine, a publication of Care Net.)
This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.
Our center does not offer abortion service or abortion referrals.