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Abortion Pill

The Abortion Pill, also known by other names – RU-486, Mifeprex/Mifepristone, Mifeprex/Cytotec is a common early abortion method in the United States.

Usage – This drug regimen is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in women up to 10 weeks after the start of their last menstrual period.1

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, Mifipristone, causes cramping, expelling the embryo and uterine contents.2

Side effects – Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period. Bleeding can last 9 to 16 days and 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 to do if complications arise.4

Follow-up – It is important to follow-up with your doctor 1 to 2 weeks after taking this medication regime to see if an abortion has occurred and to assess for complications.5

To learn more about pills for abortion and your pregnancy options, schedule a free and confidential appointment today.

  1. Teva Women’s Health, Inc. (2015, July). Plan B One-Step®: About. Retrieved October 28, 2015, from http://www.planbonestep.com/howitworks.aspx.
  2. Larimore, W. L. (2000). The abortifacient effect of the birth control pill and the principle of the ‘double effect. Ethics & Medicine, 16(1), 23-30.
  3. WEBSTER v. REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES,” The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, accessed June 21, 2014, http://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1988/1988_88_605/.
  4. Plan B One-Step | Drug Summary | PDR.net. (2014). Retrieved October 28, 2015, from http://www.pdr.net/drug-summary/plan-b-one-step?druglabelid=573&id=1542.
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