The Abortion Pill

When you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, you have options. At ComfortCare Women’s Health, we believe women should be fully educated and equipped with information as they make their pregnancy decision. Our nurses and advocates are prepared to discuss any option, give you medically accurate facts, and support you as a woman.

If you’re thinking about the abortion pill, take a minute to consider the following… 

What is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill is actually two pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Taken first, Mifepristone (which used to be called RU-486), works by blocking production of the hormone progesterone, stopping the pregnancy from continuing. Lastly, you take Misoprostol, which causes your uterus to contract in order to expel the pregnancy. Cramping and bleeding may be severe. 

Do I need to go to a doctor before taking the abortion pill?

Yes and no. Visiting a doctor or health center to acquire the abortion pill is still considered a safer option. It is important to know how far along you are in your pregnancy, understand your medical history, and thoroughly research all of your options. It is also valuable to be connected with a provider, so that if you choose to take the abortion pill, your provider can verify that the abortion was complete and you do not have a need for a D&C.

You can find abortion pills online. They are not currently regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which poses risks as you consider a medical procedure that has short- and long-term effects.  While it seems like a quick and easy option, take a minute to get all of the information.  You deserve it.  

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How much do abortion pills cost?

The abortion pill costs about $300 – $1,000 depending on where you live.

When can I take the abortion pill?

First, the abortion pill is different than Plan B or the morning after pill. You can take Plan B within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. It works to prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterus.

The abortion pill is something different altogether; it cuts off the blood and nutrient supply to the baby. It is actually two different medications: the first is called Mifepristone. The next pill, taken 24-48 hours later, is called Misoprostol. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the contents of the pregnancy.

The abortion pill can be given up to 10 weeks into the pregnancy, after which point the only abortion option available to you is an in-clinic or surgical abortion.

How can I get the abortion pill?

A physician can prescribe you the abortion pill at an office or clinic.  You can also find various websites that allow you to purchase the pill online. Abortion pills acquired online are not currently regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which poses risks as you consider a medical procedure that has short- and long-term effects.  While it seems like a quick and easy option, take a minute to get all of the information.  You deserve it.

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How effective is the abortion pill?

There are varying reports on the effectiveness of the abortion pill to terminate a pregnancy. Much of the research indicates that key factors make a difference.  These factors include being able to answer the following questions: How far along are you? Do you have an ectopic pregnancy?  Does your medical history present any increased risks?  Get the answers to your questions by making an appointment today.

What risks are included in taking the abortion pill?

As with any medication, it has risks. The risks most commonly associated with the abortion pill include: incomplete abortion (a surgical abortion would then be required), heavy and prolonged bleeding, infection, fever, and digestive system discomfort. ​If you have an IUD (intrauterine device) and are pregnant, you should contact your health care provider. You should also know that if you have an ectopic (not in the uterus) pregnancy, taking the abortion pill will not work for you.  You should seek medical care immediately as this is a life-threatening emergency.

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