Medical Abortion (Pills) Procedure
medication abortion is an abortion using pills that you swallow, or that are put through the vagina, in the cervix. This type of abortion can be done as soon as a pregnancy begins, and is usually available until week 2 to 12 of pregnancy, and sometimes later, depending on where you live.
It typically involves taking one pill at the clinic and then going home and taking another pill. In some areas you may have the choice (or requirement) to take the second pill in the clinic as well, although most people report a preference for being at home (13). After taking the second pill, the uterus will cramp, bleed, and empty over the course of a few hours—similar to a miscarriage. First trimester medication abortions are safe and very effective. More than 95 in 100 people who have a medication abortion need no further treatment
- Medication abortion offers a safe, reliable and non-surgical means of abortion.
- Medication abortion involves the medications mifepristone and misoprostol.
- Mifepristone (previously known as RU486) is taken by mouth. It ends a pregnancy by blocking the action of the hormone (progesterone) that supports the pregnancy.
- Misoprostol is also taken by mouth. It causes the cervix to soften and the uterus to contract to expel the pregnancy.
- Medication abortion is an alternative to surgical abortion for women for whom it is medically suitable, and who have made an informed decision about the best option for them.
Medication abortion procedure
Medication abortion involves using the medications mifepristone and misoprostol instead of surgery to end a pregnancy. It can be done as soon as a pregnancy can be seen in an ultrasound. Misoprostol causes the cervix to soften and the uterus to contract to allow the pregnancy to be expelled from the uterus.
ARE THESE PILL SAFE?
The pill is usually safer than surgical abortion but should only be considered in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Like any procedure, the use of abortion pills can result in complications but if used under the supervision of a medical Doctor, the chances of complications are greatly reduced. Your Doctor will be best suited to handle any complications should they arise. Abortion recovery times vary from woman to woman. Women who have first trimester abortions and those who do not have any complications will usually feel normal within a few days. The bleeding usually stops within 1 to 4 weeks.