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The Abortion Pill

Taking the Abortion Pill

Using the pill is a safe and effective and relatively convenient way to end an early pregnancy.

Medical, Non-Surgical Abortions with the Abortion Pill (Mifeprex, also referred to as Ru-486)) can be performed through the 10thweek of pregnancy. Usually two different pills are used. Mifeprex (mifepristone), commonly called RU-486, is taken at your first visit followed by misoprostol anytime within 48 hours.

Questions and Answers

How much does it cost for the abortion pill?

Every clinic and every area is different but the usual range of cost for the abortion pill is between $450 and $700.

Can I get financial assistance or help with the payment?

In many states, including Florida, assistance is available Speak with the individual facility for more information.

How does the abortion pill work?

Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone, stopping the pregnancy from growing. (Pregnancy needs progesterone to grow normally.)

Misoprostol (Cytotec) causes cramping and bleeding and that empties your uterous.

Is the abortion pill safe?

yes, it is extremely safe! Complications are rare and few. The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the safer it is. See the chart below that displays the timing for taking the pills, and the frequency of inconveniences and complications.

How do they determine the length of a pregnancy?

the length of pregnancy is determined from the date of your last normal menstrual period, not from the date of conception which, in most cases occurs around 14 days from your next menstrual period.

In other words, if your period started on July 1st and your next period was expected to be 4 weeks later on July 28th, then the date of conception would be around the 14th of July, give or take a couple of days on either side.

But, for the purpose of estimating the length of you pregnancy, you would be considered to be 28 days along in your pregnancy.

If your normal cycles were 30 days so that you expected your next period to be on July 30th, then your date of conception would be in and around July 16th, (July 30-14 days), but the length of your pregnancy would be 30 days.

As a reminder, the abortion pill should only be used up to 70 days (ten weeks) from the 1st day of your last menstrual period but, for confirmation, you will need to be evaluated by a physician, or his or her professional assistant or nurse practitioner.

If I need an aspiration procedure because the pill didn’t work, is it more painful than if I had done that in the first place?

As you can see, in rare cases (3in 100 for pregnancies less that 9 weeks; 7 in 100 for pregnancies between 9 and 10 weeks) you may need an aspiration procedure, which is what you would have done anyway before “the abortion pill.” On the brighter side, if an aspiration procedure is required, usually it is easier than if you had chosen the aspiration procedure in the first place.

That is because your cervix has been recently dilated by misoprostol (Cytotec) and entry into your uterine cavity through the cervix is easier. Also, most of the tissue may have been dislodged from the uterine wall so that aspiration is easier.

Does the procedure (the Pill) hurt?

Everybody is different. Usually, for most people it is tolerable. Some women compare abortion pill discomfort to moderate to severe menstrual cramps.

Does the cramping hurt?

Everybody is different. Usually, for most people it is tolerable. Some women compare abortion pill discomfort to moderate to severe menstrual cramps.

Will there be a lot of bleeding?

During the contracting process, there will be an amount of bleeding that is normally heavier than the typical period, as well as several large blood clots that are expelled.

Will I throw up?

about 10% of patients do throw up.

How early in my pregnancy can I take the abortion pill?

The abortion pill can be taken up to 70 days from your last menstrual period. Usually you would not suspect that you are pregnant until you were 1-2 weeks late for your period which would mean that you are usually at least 35 days from your last normal menstrual period (LNMP) and probably more.

If you want to terminate your pregnancy, call the office closest to you and make an appointment to be evaluated. The pregnancy test is free.

Do I need to come back after I take the abortion pill?

Yes. With regard to timing, every physician is different but usually you need to return to the office for a follow up visit where we will make sure that the pregnancy has been successfully ended either with a pregnancy test or an ultra sound or both.

Will I be able to get pregnant again?

The abortion pill does not harm a woman’s reproductive capacity.

Is there a bigger chance of pregnancy problems after a medical abortion?

Premature birth, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion, and adverse pregnancy outcomes are not increased in frequency after medical abortion”.

Can I drink after I take the abortion pill?

We advise that you don’t drink alcohol for 48 hrs. and that you don’t drink alcohol if you are taking antibiotics. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication (mifepristone) unless your health care professional says you may do so safely.

Will I bleed after a medical abortion?

You may bleed or spot for a few weeks after medical abortion. Everybody is different.

Can I have sex after the abortion pill?

your medical professional will discuss birth Control options and tell you when you can resume sexual relations. Usually it is sensible to wait a couple of weeks but, if you choose not to, make sure that you use Condoms or other methods of Birth control as it is possible to get pregnant right after your medical abortion.

Will the abortion pill give me acne?

probably not but changes in your hormone levels can affect a body in different ways.

Can you have a bath after a medical abortion?

You should not have a bath for at least 48 hours after your abortion as this could increase the risk of infection. Discuss this with your medical professional as some professionals think that you should wait longer before you have a bath.

You can have a shower, but as you may be feeling light-headed, for your own safety, please do not have a shower without someone there with you.

How long after a medical abortion until the symptoms of pregnancy go away?

Most pregnancy symptoms begin to go away within 24 hours after the abortion, with nausea usually gone by the third day.

Where do I go if I need a surgical abortion?

Right here!!!! We do it all from medical abortion, to surgical abortion to full service in office gynecological care.

Will there be protesters?

Usually not-In certain facilities, it will appear that you are entering a private office instead of a facility that only does pregnancy termination procedures. Ask about “Private Abortion” at the location that you choose.

Will I gain weight with the abortion pill?

The abortion pill will not make you gain or lose weight.

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