Abortion Pill, also known by Other names – RU-486, Mifeprex/Mifpristone, Mifeprex/Cytotec.

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, Mifepristone blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the embryo dies. The second medication, Misoprostol, 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 http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM088643.pdf

If you are considering abortion, a helpful step one is our pre-abortion assessment. Though we do not perform or refer for abortions at our Center, a pre-abortion assessment allows you to be completely informed on each procedure prior to making a final decision. Additionally, if you receive a positive result with one of our medical-grade pregnancy tests, we can provide a limited ultrasound to confirm intrauterine pregnancy and fetal heartbeat, both of which are important prior to an abortion procedure. We never financially benefit from your decision and can discuss your options with absolutely no pressure. All services are free and confidential.

*Note: A Pre-Abortion Assessment at AWPC does not replace an abortion consultation at an abortion clinic 24 hours prior to a procedure, as required by Florida legislation.


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