If you are considering taking the abortion pill, we want to help answer any questions you may have. Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be scary, confusing, and oftentimes can feel debilitating. That’s why we, at Mid Cities Women’s Clinic, exist. We want to make sure you have all the medical information, and compassionate care you need.
What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill, or RU 486, is a medical abortion. The abortion pill is a multistep process consisting of two drugs – Mifepristone and Misoprostol (also known as Mifeprex and Cyotec). You should only obtain the abortion pill from a licensed doctor. If you find it anywhere else either online or in another country, it may not be what you think it is or it can contain additional drugs which can lead to more harm and damage to your body.
Do I take the pills at the same time?
This multi-step process when taking the abortion pills starts with taking the Mifepristone pill set first. The second set of pills, Misoprostol, is taken 24 to 48 hours after the Mifepristone. It is highly important for your health and safety to go back to the doctor approximately two weeks after to verify all the contents of the pregnancy have been expelled from your uterus. Retention of tissue can cause severe infections and can potentially be fatal. Mifepristone and Misoprostol should ONLY be taken under the instruction and supervision of a licensed doctor.
How does the abortion pill work?
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.
At what week of pregnancy do I still qualify to take the abortion pill?
Mifepristone and Misoprostol can only be taken up to the first 10 weeks after your last menstrual period. The abortion pill may be taken up to 70 days or a little over 2 months after the first day of your last period.
I’m pregnant, where should I begin?
At Mid Cities Women’s Clinic, we offer complimentary pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to confirm that you are, in fact, pregnant. More than 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. So, it is vital to confirm your pregnancy is viable and progressing. We provide an unbiased counselor to speak with about ALL your options. Your entire visit will be 100% confidential and 100% free. We do not benefit financially from anyone’s appointment. Click here to request your appointment. Or call us at 817-577-4387.