A woman has many decisions to make when considering abortion. If you’re thinking about abortion, your health care provider may talk with you about a few different abortion methods. You may be offered the option to have an in-clinic abortion procedure. Or you may be offered the option to have a medication abortion by taking the abortion pill. Medication abortion is the kind of abortion discussed on this page.
Whether you’re thinking about having a medication abortion, you’re concerned about a woman who may be having one, or you’re someone who’s just curious about medication abortion, you may have many questions. Here are some of the most common questions we hear women ask about the abortion pill. We hope you find the answers helpful. And if you’re thinking of having a medication abortion, we hope they help you decide what is best for you.
If you are under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion or be told of your decision prior to the abortion. However, in most states you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. Learn more about parental consent for abortion.
After ultrasound, lab work, and counseling session are complete and your medical history is reviewed, you will receive your first dose of medication, Mifeprex. You will take this medication in our office. The second dose of medication, Misoprostol, will be given for you to take the following day. You may be instructed to take this medication orally or to insert it vaginally. You will be given the option of taking this dose in the privacy of your own home, or you may return to the office if you prefer. Within 24 hours after taking Misoprostol, you should experience cramping and bleeding. Your uterus will contract and its contents will be expelled.
Two weeks after your initial visit, you must return to A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh for a pregnancy test and ultrasound examination to determine if the abortion is complete. If you are still pregnant, we will discuss your options, which may include a surgical procedure to end your pregnancy.
How Effective Is the Abortion Pill?
Studies have shown that non-surgical abortion using Mifeprex and misoprostol is highly effective. Mifepristone has been successfully used by millions of women worldwide. In only 5 to 8 women out of every 100, this method will not completely terminate the pregnancy. For those women, a surgical abortion may be done at our facility at no additional charge.
Symptoms and Side Effects
Most women will experience cramping and bleeding, which usually means that the treatment is working. Bleeding may be similar to or heavier than your normal period. You may also pass some blood clots and tissue. This is an expected part of the process. Bleeding lasts on average 9 to 16 days, but may last as long as 30 days.
Side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and fatigue.
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