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The Women’s Med Centers offer Medical Abortions often referred to as “the abortion pill.” A medical abortion is much like a miscarriage early in a pregnancy. Some women consider this method more “natural” than surgical abortions. Others prefer surgery because it is completed more quickly and causes less discomfort for a shorter period of time.
What is a medical abortion?
A medical abortion occurs when a woman takes two medications. The first ends the pregnancy while the second causes the uterus to expel the pregnancy tissue. The alternative is surgical abortion, which ends a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (womb) with suction or special surgical instruments.
When can a medical abortion be performed?
Medical abortions are performed from the time a woman knows she is pregnant until 49-63 days from the first day of her last normal menstrual period (varies by physician). All patients electing a medical abortion have an ultrasound to accurately confirm the length of the pregnancy.
How does a medical abortion work?
Women take two medications one to two days apart. The first is Mifeprex®, also known as RU-486. Mifeprex® blocks one of the hormones (progesterone) that is important for early pregnancies to develop. By blocking this hormone, the pregnancy dies and the cervix of the uterus begins to soften. The second medication is misoprostol, a prostaglandin that causes the uterus to contract (similar to labor) and expel the pregnancy. This causes cramps and bleeding.
What are the steps in terminating a pregnancy?
When you return after the pre-abortion visit, the physician provides you the first medication (Mifeprex®) which you will take in his presence. This is a small tablet that is swallowed with water. He also provides your other medications and birth control. We will also give you a Rhogam injection if you are Rh negative.
A day or two later you will take the other medication, misoprostol, 4 small tablets dissolved in the mouth. Usually within two to four hours you will begin to experience very strong cramps and heavy bleeding. This may last an additional two to four hours.
Follow-up Visit – Two weeks later you should return for a followup ultrasound examination to verify that your uterus is empty and that the abortion was complete.
Can any woman have a medical abortion?
There are certain limitations that prevent women from having this type of termination:
Will medical abortions revolutionize the way abortions are provided?
RU-486 can only be used by women with a pregnancy up to 63 days. These women tend to like the privacy and control the medical abortion allows them.
We find that many women still prefer the surgical method and the advantages it offers.