Have questions about the Abortion Pill?!
We get many questions about the Abortion Pill. So, let’s look clear up any confusion that may be causing you anxiety or frustration. Let’s face it, experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be very difficult. The staff at Rockville Women’s Center wants to inform and support you with unbiased information and compassionate care.
What is the Abortion Pill?
The Abortion Pill, also known as RU 486, is a medical abortion method consisting of two drugs – Mifepristone and Misoprostol. The abortion pill is not the same as the morning-after pill. The abortion pill is only provided by a licensed doctor. Going this route to terminate your pregnancy will often require two appointments to take each pill separately, and a follow-up appointment to confirm the termination of the pregnancy.
When should I take the Abortion Pill?
This abortion pill can only be taken up to the first 10 weeks after your last menstrual period. This means that the abortion pill may be taken up to 70 days or a little over 2 months after the first day of your last period. The earlier it is taken, the more effective it will be. The Mifepristone pill is taken first. The second pill, Misoprostol, is taken 24 to 48 hours after the Mifepristone. You will need to go back to the doctor approximately two weeks after your first visit to verify the pregnancy has been effectively terminated. It is very important that you go back for the follow-up appointment.
How effective is the Abortion Pill?
For those who are less than eight weeks pregnant, the abortion pill is effective up to 98%. Women, 8-9 weeks pregnant, report it is effective 96% of the time and 93% for those who are 9-10 weeks pregnant. If your first medical abortion is ineffective, you may be able to take another dose of the abortion pill; or, have a surgical abortion performed at an additional cost.
The abortion pill needs both the Mifepristone and the Misoprostol to be effective. Why? The Mifepristone is what causes the fetus to stop growing, and the Misoprostol causes the uterus to discharge the fetus. If you take the first pill, Mifepristone and you have second thoughts about terminating your pregnancy, there is an abortion reversal pill available.
What should be your first steps?
First, when confirming your pregnancy, you can use an at-home pregnancy test. But, a better solution would be to get a sonogram. Keep in mind, 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. A sonogram can help you determine if your body is preparing for a miscarriage.
Second, make sure you have an unbiased person speak with about ALL your options. This is your decision and you should have ALL the facts and information you need to make an informed decision.
Third, you should get tested and treated for any possible STIs you currently have. If untreated, your risk for spreading the infection will increase. Plus, if you happened to be past the 10-week mark, you may need a surgical abortion. Meaning, your body is even more susceptible to infertility and PICU if you have an untreated STI during a surgical procedure.
Lastly, we offer sonograms, pre-abortion screening, and STI testing as well as options counseling free of charge. You can find unbiased information and services that are 100% confidential and 100% free. We do not benefit financially from anyone’s appointment. We just want to help you make the best decision for your future. Call or Text (240) 779-1585 to make an appointment. Our hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 am-4 pm. We look forward to serving you.