What it is
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.
Generally, it is used in combination with Misoprostol (brand name Cytotec) a type of prostaglandin.
When it is Used
In March 2016, the FDA approved RU486 for usage within 10 weeks (70 days) after the first day of last menstrual period.
How it works
Mifepristone(Mifeprex/Early Option) blocks the hormone, progesterone, causing the lining of the uterus to break down, making it unable to sustain the fetus.
Misoprostol(Cytotec), given two days after Mifepristone(Mifeprex/Early Option), causes cramping and significant bleeding. So then, the uterine lining and the fetus to expel itself.
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