The Abortion Pill
The use of the Abortion Pill (RU-486) is considered a medical abortion and causes the termination of a pregnancy by using a combination of medications. The protocol approved by the Food and Drug Administration allows this type of abortion up to 70 days -10 weeks after the first day of a woman’s last period.
Mifepristone, the first medicine causes the blockage of progesterone, a hormone needed for the fetus to grow and develop. You will also be given antibiotics. 24-48 hours after taking the mifepristone, a woman will take the second medicine called misoprostol to make the uterus contract and empty. The second medicine will cause you to have cramps and bleed heavily. You may see large blood clots or tissue at the time of the abortion. It can take several hours after taking misoprostol for the abortion to be complete sometimes a few days. You will need to have a follow-up appointment with in 1-2 weeks to make sure that the abortion is complete and that you are well. You will need an ultrasound or blood test. If the medical abortion is incomplete, another dose of medication may be given or a surgical abortion may be necessary to terminate the pregnancy. Bleeding may occur for up to four weeks after the abortion. Please be advised to follow doctor’s instructions regarding amount of bleeding. Medical attention may become necessary.
It may be possible to reverse the effect of the abortion pill. If you change your mind after taking the first abortion pill, mifepristone, time is of the essence. For more information, call the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline 877-558-0333 or call one of our Obria Medical Clinics for assistance.
Side Effects May Include
- Intense cramping of the uterus/pelvic pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Fever and infection
- Emotional/Psychological distress
If you think you are hemorrhaging (bleeding excessively with no end in sight) immediately see a medical professional, as this is a life threatening condition.
We also recommend you get tested for STDs to prevent an active infection from spreading. You will also want a blood test to find out your blood type. If you are Rh-, you will need an injection of Rhogam so there won’t be an effect on future pregnancies. STD Testing and Treatment is available at Obria Medical Clinics.
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