The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill (RU-486) is an artificial steroid that blocks progesterone, a hormone needed to continue a pregnancy, before it is released. Mifepristone is the generic name. The brand names are Mifeprex or Early Option.
When Is The Pill Used?
March 2016, the FDA approved RU486 for usage within 10 weeks (70 days) after the first day of last menstrual period.
How does the abortion pill work?
The abortion pill is actually two different pills to be taken 24-48 hours apart. The Mifepristone terminates the pregnancy by blocking the absorption of progesterone, causing the uterine lining to begin breaking down and the cervix to loosen. Misoprostol causes contractions, leading the uterus to discharge the fetus and all the life-sustaining tissue and products of the pregnancy.
If you have already taken the first pill set, Mifepristone, and are having second thoughts about terminating your pregnancy, there is an abortion pill reversal process available. If this process is acted upon within 72 hours taking Mifepristone, before taking the Misoprostol, the reversal has about a 70% success rate. This medical process was created to reverse the outcomes of the abortion pill to be able to successfully continue the pregnancy as though the abortion pill was not taken.
What are the side effects of the abortion pill?
The medications used in a medical abortion can cause serious physical and emotional side effects. Before you decide to take the abortion pill, we recommend you talk to a medical professional before making your decision. The medications used in a medical abortion will cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. Serious physical side effects may include:
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- Heavy bleeding — soaking two or more pads an hour for two hours
- Severe abdominal or back pain
- Fever lasting more than 24 hours
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Please note: you should never order this medication on the internet. The FDA warns that this bypasses multiple safeguards that were created to protect you.
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