The Abortion Pill is also known as RU-486 or Mifeprex/Mifepristone, and is prescribed by an abortion provider.
Usage – This drug regimen is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in women up to 10 weeks after the start of their last menstrual period.
Action – The first medication, Mifeprex blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the embryo dies. The second medication, Mifepristone, causes cramping, expelling the embryo and uterine contents.
Side effects – Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding may be like a heavy period. Bleeding can last 9 to 16 days and possibly up to 30 days. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness and headache.
Complications – Possible complications include heavy bleeding requiring surgery to stop the bleeding, and serious infection. Before taking any medication, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and know what do to if complications arise.
Follow-up – It is important to follow-up with your doctor 1 to 2 weeks after taking this medication regime to see if an abortion has occurred and to assess for complications.
Information taken from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2016). “Mifeprex Medication Guide.” U.S. Department of Health. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM088643.pdf
If you are considering abortion, your first step is a pre-abortion assessment. We never financially benefit from your decision and can discuss your options with absolutely no pressure. All services are free and confidential. (WISH Medical does not offer or refer for abortion).
1 Delgado, George, M.D., et. al., Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2018
2 ACOG, Practice Bulletin, March 2014
3 NaPro Technology, Thomas Hilgers, Progesterone Support & Safety, 2016
LeAnn Robertson, RN
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