Abortion Pill RU-486: Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol

  • The abortion pill, Mifepristone, is given orally during your first office visit. It blocks progesterone from the uterine lining, causing the embryo to die. This alone may cause contractions to expel the fetus.
  • Misoprostol tablets are given orally or inserted vaginally during the second office visit. That visit occurs 36 to 48 hours later.
  • You will return home where the misoprostol will start contractions to expel the embryo. Sometimes this takes a few hours, however it can take up to two weeks in some cases.
  • A physical exam is given two weeks later to ensure the abortion was complete and that there are no immediate complications.

Risks and Side Effects:

  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Not advised for women who have anemia, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizure disorder, acute inflammatory bowel disease, or use an intrauterine device (IUD)

The procedure is unsuccessful approximately 8-10% of the time, which will then require a surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination.

Fetal Development: Weeks 5-9

  • Development of brain and spinal cord
  • Heart begins to beat
  • Hands and feet are forming
  • Every essential organ has begun to form
  • Bones begin to form, muscles can contract

An ultrasound can provide a confirmation of a viable pregnancy, as well as tell you how far along you are. Both are good to know before having an abortion. To schedule an ultrasound, click here.

Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic does not perform or refer for abortions. 

Fetal Development citation:

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