The Abortion Pill, also known as – RU-486, Mifeprex™, and mifepristone, is a common early abortion method in the United States. It actually uses two different drugs to induce abortion.
Usage – This drug regimen is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in women up to 10 weeks after the start of their last menstrual period.1
Action – The first medication (mifepristone), blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the embryo eventually dies. The second medication (misoprostol) causes cramping, expelling the embryo and uterine contents.2
Side effects – Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period. Bleeding 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.3
Complications – Possible complications include heavy bleeding requiring surgery to stop the bleeding, and serious infection. Before taking any medication, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and know what to do if complications arise.4
Follow-up – It is important to follow-up with your doctor 1 to 2 weeks after taking this medication regimen to see if an abortion has occurred and to assess for complications.5
COST-FREE PREGNANCY OPTIONS CONSULT:
We provide lab-grade pregnancy testing. If the test is positive, we can schedule an ultrasound and talk through your pregnancy options.
CONSULTATIONS ON ABORTIONS AND YOUR OPTIONS BY TRIMESTER
Your gestational age determines your due date and impacts your pregnancy options. Only an ultrasound exam can accurately determine gestational age.
An ultrasound is needed to determine which options are available to you. We can determine how far along you are and if the pregnancy is viable. You can also talk to a nurse about your medical history, learn more about the side-effects of the abortion pill and surgical abortions.
Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?
An abortion clinic may or may not offer an ultrasound before an abortion. An pregnancy test and ultrasound can confirm a viable pregnancy and estimate how far along in pregnancy you are. If you are considering abortion, an ultrasound will provide important information that will tell you more about your options. Abortion costs vary depending on how far along you are and the abortion procedure that you receive. Speak with us today about our free and confidential ultrasound services.