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The abortion pill is one of the legal abortion procedures in the United States. It is often confused with Plan B or emergency contraception; however, it is completely different. Making sure you are aware of this abortion procedure, what it does to the body, and potential risks will help you make a fully informed decision about your unexpected pregnancy.


What is the Abortion Pill?

RU-486, commonly known as the abortion pill, is a medication intended to terminate pregnancy. The abortion pill is actually a two-pill process. Mifepristone, the first pill, is usually taken during a doctor’s appointment. This pill stops important hormones from flowing to the embryo. The second pill is called Misoprostol. This pill is typically taken between 24 and 48 hours after the first one, which induces labor to end the pregnancy.


When can the Abortion Pill be taken?

The abortion method is approved for women in their first 10 weeks of pregnancy. After that, the embryo is too developed and it will not be effective.


How effective is the Abortion Pill?

As many as 8 percent of all women who take RU-486 will require a surgical procedure to complete an abortion. Taking the abortion pill does not guarantee termination of pregnancy every time.


What are the risks?

As with any medical procedure, there are a number of risks involved with taking RU-486. Heavy bleeding and intense cramping are the most common side effects. Women also have experienced dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, fever, chills, and diarrhea. Other side effects including allergic reactions, blood clots, and infection have been reported.


Though it is not surgical, the abortion pill is still considered a medical procedure, and it’s important to understand all aspects of it before taking it. The staff at Assure Women’s Center can discuss your options with you so you have everything you need to make an informed decision about your body. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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