Some women prefer to use medication to terminate their pregnancy because it can be used in early pregnancy. It can be used at home. It feels more natural, like a miscarriage. It is less invasive than in-hospital abortion. Medications can be used to end an early pregnancy.
In many cases, it must be less than 9 weeks from the first day of your last period. If you are more than 9 weeks pregnant, you can have an abortion in the clinic. Medical abortions in some clinics take longer than 9 weeks. If you decide to take the Abortion Pill you must be sure of your decision because if you stop taking them, it does increase your chances of very high risk for birth defects.
If you decide to use the abortion pill you will be given doses of Mifeprex (Mifepristone) or RU-486 administered in the office and taken by mouth. You will then be given instructions on how to take your second medication Cytotec (misoprostol) to take home.
You Should Not Take the Abortion Pill If
1. You are over 9 weeks pregnant (this is based on the start of your last period)
2. You suffer from blood clotting disorder or adrenal failure
3. If you have an IUD, it should be removed before taking the pill
4. Have a known allergy to medications that are used to end pregnancy
5. Take any medications that may contradict the abortion pill
What You Need to Know
1. Have a physical exam and ultrasound with a doctor to confirm pregnancy
2. Go over your medical history
3. Get blood work and urine test
4. Sign consent forms and be thoroughly explained how the abortion pill works