How the Abortion Pill Works:
The abortion pill mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or a medical abortion, is prescribed up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone is a drug that blocks the effects of progesterone, a hormone that your body needs to support pregnancy. Without progesterone, the embryo cannot survive.
The Abortion Pill Process::
When you go to an abortion provider, they will meet with you to determine if you are eligible for this type of medical abortion procedure. They will give you an oral dose of mifepristone, the abortion pill, during the office visit. They will prescribe a second drug, misoprostol, for you to take 24 – 72 hours after taking the mifepristone. Misoprostol causes contractions that should expel the embryo. This process may take a few hours or as long as a few days. They will schedule you for a follow-up appointment with the provider to ensure that the abortion was complete and to check for complications. If the procedure is unsuccessful, you may require an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination of your pregnancy.
Abortion Pill Reversal::
We understand how an unplanned pregnancy can affect your life, and how easy it is to make a quick decision to do something about it. We also understand that after some time to think about your pregnancy, you may change your mind and want to try to carry your baby to full term. There is an effective process for reversing the effects of the abortion pill if treatment is started right away. Abortion Pill Reversal is successful in 64-68% of cases1. Taking mifepristone (the abortion pill) does not significantly increase the chance of birth defects,2 and progesterone (the medication used in abortion pill reversal) has been safely used to support pregnancy for over 40 years3.
If you would like to try to keep your pregnancy, CALL NOW because time is important! Call WISH Medical at (208) 892-9474 Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call the APR Hotline at (877) 558-0333 after hours to see if you are eligible for Abortion Pill Reversal.
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
The content on this page has been reviewed by our Registered Nurse: LeAnn Robertson.