Medication abortion (also called the abortion pill or RU-486) can be taken up to 70 days (10 weeks pregnant) after the start of your last menstrual period.1
- It’s called RU-486 and was approved in 2000; it is also called a medical or chemical abortion.
- The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone (MifeprexTM) and misoprostol (CytotecTM), taken in two separate doses.
- It is usually taken between 4-6 weeks but can be taken up to 10 weeks in most cases.
- It is not an option for women with certain medical conditions.
- The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step.
- The abortion pill can be reversed if action is taken after the first dose. More information available at abortionpillreversal.com.
The first medication, Mifeprex blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the embryo dies. The second medication, Misoprostol , causes cramping, expelling the embryo and uterine contents.2
Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period and can last 9 to 16 days, even possibly up to 30 days. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness, and headache.3
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 do to if complications arise.4
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
We realize this is time sensitive, we may be able to get you in for an appointment today. Text 540-830-1801 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
- Are too far along in your pregnancy. The FDA has only approved the abortion pill for up to 10 weeks from your LMP. Taking the abortion pill later in pregnancy is associated with increased risk of complications, such as an incomplete abortion or severe bleeding.
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
- Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus. This is called ectopic pregnancy.
- Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- If you take certain medications including blood thinners or steroids.
- If you are allergic to the medication/ingredients used in the abortion pill.
OBSTETRIC ULTRASOUND IN HARRISONBURG, VA
If you are considering abortion, your first step is to learn more about your pregnancy with an obstetric ultrasound. We provide obstetric ultrasound services as part of our medical consultation. It’s important to confirm your pregnancy before taking the abortion pill in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A positive pregnancy test (including those taken at home) suggests a high probability that you’re pregnant. However, the result should be confirmed. By getting an obstetric ultrasound you can learn more about your pregnancy and find out if you even need an abortion.
- Find out if your pregnancy is viable
- Can you take the Abortion Pill?
Speak with a medical professional today. Schedule an appointment to learn more about your options and the abortion pill in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Our confidential services are provided at no cost to you.
Dr. Teresa Klansek, Medical Director
The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Medical Director.