Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill)
ACWC offers non-surgical abortion from the time pregnancy is confirmed up to 10 weeks, Women who choose this option desire a non-invasive process that occurs at home. This is made possible with the administration of two types of abortion pills known as Mifepristone and Misoprostol.
Mifepristone, similarly known as "Mifeprex" or "RU-486," blocks the action of the natural hormone progesterone on the uterus. This causes the inside layer of the uterus to shed, as it does for the duration of a period, and stops the growth of the pregnancy. Misoprostol, similarly recognized as "Cytotec," causes the uterus to contract and initiates hemorrhage and cramping.
A medical abortion occurs when mifepristone is combined with misoprostol.
How It Works
The first pill, mifepristone is followed by a second set of abortion pills called misoprostol. There are several protocols for taking the second set of pills. Your provider will help you decide the option that is best for you..
- Come to acwc office visit for exam and counseling. You will be given and instructed to take 1 tablet (200 milligrams) of mifepristone.
Day 2, 3 or 4
- At home, place four tablets, (800 micrograms) of misoprostol in your vagina. You will be coached on how to do this.
Day 7 thru 14
- At some point during this period you will come back to the office so we can make sure the abortion is complete. If the abortion is not complete, supplementary follow-up appointments may be arranged.
Medical Abortion vs. Emergency Contraception
Medical abortion is not the equivalent as emergency contraception, also referred to as the morning-after pill. Emergency contraception prevents a pregnancy. As a result, once pregnancy has transpired, it is no longer active. Medical abortion, however, is used to terminate an undesirable pregnancy.
Bleeding and cramping will begin once you take all the pills. Most women associate this procedure to a heavy period. Our experienced staff will provide medications and information to help with the discomfort. You can expect your bleeding to peak during the first 24 hours. Bleeding continues to decrease for most women during the next few weeks. You will have 24-hour access to our medical staff to address any concerns prior to your return visit.
Short-term side effects of a medical abortion include:
- Strong cramps
- Fever and chills
Mifepristone has been studied for over 20 years. All cases have presented the process to be safe and effective; there have been no reports of any long-term risks. Heavy hemorrhage needing blood transfusion is exceedingly rare, happening in less than 0.5 percent of study patients. The abortion pill is 93-98% effective. Although the medicines rarely fail, ACWC will schedule a follow-up visit within 21 days to ensure complete resolution of your pregnancy. .
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.