How does the abortion pill work?
We do not provide the abortion pill.
Your health matters, understanding your choices and your body are important.
We can give you information but we do not provide abortion services, the abortion pill, or abortion referrals.
A physical exam is first given in order to determine eligibility for the abortion pill (also called medical or chemical abortion). There are several pregnancy and medical conditions which do not allow the use of the abortion pill.
During the first office visit, you are given mifepristone pills to take orally. Mifepristone blocks the effects of your natural hormone progesterone and causes the uterine lining to break down. This stops the flow of nutrition and blood to the embryo and prevents the pregnancy from continuing.
What are the risks and side effects related to the abortion pill?
Immediate and long-term risks and side effects of the abortion pill may include:
- fever and chills
- heavy bleeding
- trauma from seeing embryonic parts expelled
- possible birth defects if pregnancy is not successfully terminated
All methods of medical abortion have an associated failure rate, and surgical abortion may be required to complete the abortion. Reasons for surgical intervention include prolonged or excessive bleeding, incomplete abortion (remnants of fetal tissue in the uterus) or an ongoing pregnancy.