Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill)
ACWC offers non-surgical abortion from the time pregnancy is confirmed until fetal cardiac activity is detected. People who choose this option desire a non-invasive process. Mifepristone and misoprostol are the two medications taken.
Mifepristone blocks the action of the hormone progesterone on the uterus. This causes the inside layer of the uterus to shed, as it does during a period. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract causing bleeding and cramping.
Medical Abortion Steps
- Schedule an appointment.
- Review State of Georgia information
- Complete options consultation and documents
- Take mifepristone
- Insert misoprostol*
*There is more than one way to take the misoprostol pills. Your provider will help you decide which option is best for you.
Medical Abortion vs. Emergency Contraception
Medical abortion medication is not the same as emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill. Emergency contraception prevents a pregnancy. Once the pregnancy happens, the morning-after pill is no longer effective. A medical abortion is different. It ends an unplanned pregnancy.
Bleeding and cramping will begin once you take all the medications. Many people say this process reminds them of a heavy period. Our experienced staff will provide medication and information to help with the discomfort. You can expect your bleeding to peak during the first 24 hours. Bleeding continues to decrease during the next few weeks. ACWC provides 24-hour access to our medical staff that can address any concerns prior to your return visit.
Short-term side effects of a medical abortion include:
- Strong cramps
- Fever and chills
*Heavy bleeding that requires blood transfusion is exceedingly rare. During research studies happened to less than 0.5 percent of patients.
Mifepristone has been studied for over 20 years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the process, after determining the method is safe and effective without long-term risks. The abortion pill is 92-98% effective. Although the medicines rarely fail, ACWC will provide follow-up visit to ensure completion of the process.
Cost and Insurance
We will offer alternative forms of follow-up if you’ve traveled a long distance to reach our clinic. How much does an abortion cost? Find out here.