AVA Care of Harrisonburg provides information on the abortion pill and typical abortion pill costs in Harrisonburg, Virginia. If you are considering abortion in Harrisonburg, your first step is to learn more about your options with a free ultrasound.
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 or 877.558.0333.
Action – 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
Side effects – 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
Complications – 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
Follow-up – 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
Think it’s positive? Be positive.
- Are you sure you are pregnant?
- Are you sure you have a viable, uterine pregnancy? (meaning a heartbeat has been detected via ultrasound and that the pregnancy is in the uterus)
- How informed are you about fetal development?
- What do you know about abortion procedures?
- What do you know about physical complications associated with abortion procedures?
- What do you know about emotional complications associated with abortion procedures?
- Do you know if the abortion clinic will treat you if you have complications during or after the procedure?
- If you need to be hospitalized, does the doctor have hospital privileges?
If you are unsure about any of the above questions, a medical professional from AVA Care will provide you with information and answers that will help you.
Dr. Teresa Klansek
The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Medical Director Dr. Teresa Klansek.