Abortion Pill (Also known as Mifeprex, mifepristone or RU-486)
What is it?
The abortion pill goes by many names, including medication abortion, early medication abortion, RU-486, Mifeprex (Mifepristone) and Mifeprostol. Women who had their last period within the past 10 weeks (70 days) can take the abortion pill to end a pregnancy through abortion.
Before you take the abortion pill, make an appointment at Choices to verify your pregnancy, have an ultrasound to confirm that you are less than 10 weeks pregnant and get accurate information about the pill and possible side effects.
How does it work?
The pill blocks the effect of the hormone progesterone which is necessary for the continuation of pregnancy. The embryo’s connection with the uterus is lost, causing death.
How is it taken?
Day 1: Take Mifepristone causing death of the embryo.
Day 2 or 3: Take misoprostol, cramping expels embryo.
Day 7 – 14: Follow up with provider to check of abortion is complete.
- Abdominal pain
- Severe cramping
- Fever and Chills
- Seeing embryonic parts expelled
- Failure to abort
- 1% of women need a D & C to stop hemorrhaging
- Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy
- Possible life-threatening infection
- Birth defects possible in pregnancies that continue
There has been an increase in suppliers offering the abortion pill online. Using drugs bought online is risky. Online purchasers of the abortion pill bypass important safeguards designed to protect their health. Because drugs purchased online are not subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manufacturing control or FDA inspection of manufacturing facilities, there is no way to be sure exactly what they contain.
What if I change my mind?
Abortion Pill Reversal
Some doctors have begun using natural progesterone off-label to counteract the effects of the abortion pill. Under a doctor’s care, some women have successfully continued their pregnancies and given birth to healthy babies after taking just the first pill (mifepristone) of a medical/chemical abortion. If you have taken the abortion pill and have changed your mind, please call us right away!
This use of progesterone is currently being studied. Women should not attempt to counteract the abortion pill without the assistance of a medical professional. For more information see abortionpillreversal.com or call 877-558-0333.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018, February 5). Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/postmarketdrugsafetyinformationforpatientsandproviders/ucm111323.htm