What is the "abortion pill"?
How does it work?
Mifepristone, taken orally, blocks the action of the pregnancy hormone progesterone. This causes the pregnancy to detach from the uterine wall and stop growing. Misoprostol, a prostaglandin medication, is also used to cause uterine cramps which expel blood and the pregnancy tissue from the uterus.
What to expect
Advantages of the abortion pill
Possible side effects of the abortion pill
Symptoms such as pain, cramping and vaginal bleeding normally result from the abortion
process itself and are therefore expected with a medical abortion. You will be given pain medicine to help you with the discomfort. Additional side effects may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, or fever. Complications are rare, but you should be aware that they may include infection and in rare cases excessive vaginal bleeding requiring transfusion.
What is the difference between emergency contraception pills and the abortion pill?
Many people are confused about the difference between emergency contraception and the abortion pill. Most basically, emergency contraception helps prevent pregnancy, while theabortion pill terminates pregnancy. For a complete comparison between these two medications, please see our What is the Difference? page.
For more information, you may also wish to visit the pharmaceutical company website for mifeprex at http://www.earlyoptionpill.com/ . Please note the protocol we use is slightly different than the one described in company literature. These changes are widely used to improve the effectiveness and convenience of medication abortion.
What are my other options?
You may want to read about the aspiration procedure or call our office to set up an
appointment to discuss your options. Our Early Abortion Options page also provides a very detailed comparison of the abortion pill and aspiration abortion.
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