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AVA Care of Harrisonburg provides a medical consultation before you take the abortion pill in Harrisonburg, VA. Get information on the abortion pill, buying abortion pills online, and typical abortion pill costs in Virginia. Contact us to schedule a confidential appointment at no cost to you.

Abortion Pill


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


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.

Medical abortion isn’t an option if you:6

  • Are too far along in your pregnancy. You shouldn’t attempt a medical abortion if you’ve been pregnant for more than nine weeks (after the start of your last period). Some types of medical abortions aren’t done after seven weeks of pregnancy.
  • 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.
  • Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
  • Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
    Have an allergy to the medicine used.

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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.

Is your pregnancy an ectopic pregnancy

Do an obstetric ultrasound exam to check that it’s not an ectopic pregnancy or a tumor that developed in the uterus (molar pregnancy).7

You can get a positive pregnancy test result from an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that implants outside the uterus.8

An ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The fertilized egg can’t survive, and the growing tissue may cause life-threatening bleeding, if left untreated. An obstetric ultrasound examination can detect an ectopic pregnancy.9

Find out if your pregnancy is viable

About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage but the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur very early in pregnancy.10

Can you take the Abortion Pill?

Before taking the abortion pill, you will need to know exactly how far along you are and a few other things as well.11 We can help learn more about your pregnancy and if the abortion pill is an option for you with our no cost obstetric ultrasound services.

Learn more about your pregnancy before taking the abortion pill in Harrisonburg, VA. Text 540-830-1801.

All of our services are provided at no cost to you and 100% confidential. We exist to provide accurate medical information and support to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our women’s clinic does not offer or refer for pregnancy terminations or birth control.

Dr. Teresa Klansek

Dr. Teresa Klansek

Medical Director

The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Medical Director Dr. Teresa Klansek.