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How the abortion pill works

How the abortion pill works:

Mifepristone is also known as the abortion pill or RU486 and is prescribed by a doctor within the first seven to nine weeks of pregnancy. Most women don’t really know how it works. Many physicians will tell you that mifepristone (RU486) is a “light procedure”; , or is “relatively quick” and “easy.” That’s not the truth. It isn’t light, quick, or easy.

Mifepristone (RU486), is a drug that blocks the effects of progesterone—a hormone your body needs to grow a healthy baby.

Mifepristone blocks the nurturing effects of progesterone which leads to the death of the developing baby, the embryo or fetus.

The Abortion Pill Process A doctor will give you a physical exam to determine if you are eligible for this type of medical abortion procedure. You are not eligible if you have any of the following: ectopic pregnancy, ovarian mass, IUD, corticosteroid use, adrenal failure, anemia, bleeding disorders or use of blood thinners, asthma, liver or kidney problems, heart disease, or high blood pressure.

You may be given antibiotics to prevent infection.

You will be given an oral dose of mifepristone during your first office visit.

Misoprostol tablets are taken orally or inserted vaginally about 36 to 72 hours after taking the mifepristone. The tablets will cause contractions and expel the remains of the baby. This process may take a few hours or as long as a few days. You will need to be examined by your doctor two weeks later to ensure the abortion was complete and to check for complications.

The procedure is unsuccessful approximately 5-10% of the time with the potential of requiring an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination.

Make sure you also read up on the many side effects and risks of mifepristone and misoprostol.

The Process CAN be Reversed

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