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Medical Abortion (AKA RU-486, Mifeprex/Mifepristone, Misoprostol or the Abortion Pill)
A Medical Abortion is a common early abortion method for pregnancies up to 10 weeks after the start of the last menstrual period. It is a two-step process in which Mifeprex/Mifepristone is given orally during the first office visit. Mifeprex blocks progesterone, which is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the embryo dies.
Mifipristone, the second medication, is given to be taken at home 24-48 hours later. Women report that what follows at home is “labor-like” pain with heavy cramping and bleeding prior to expelling the fetus and uterine contents.
Side effects of cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period and can last 9 to 16 days and possibly up to 30 days. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness, and headache.
As with any medical procedure, there are health risks and a follow-up appointment with the abortion clinic doctor is highly recommended. Possible complications include heavy bleeding that may require surgery or serious infection that requires treatment. Before taking any medication, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and know what to do if complications arise.
To learn more about pills for abortion and your pregnancy options, schedule a free and confidential appointment today.
Our Centers do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacient. We are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.
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