About Medical or Non-Surgical Abortion (Abortion Pill)
We specialize in Non-Surgical (Medical) early pregnancy termination up to 9 weeks of pregnancy. It is becoming the more preferred method because of its safety record and rate of success (98%). This procedure is non-invasive and does not require any preparations.
You can receive medical abortion treatment as soon as you find out you are pregnant, privately and discreetly. Two types of medications are used: Mifepristone (Mifeprex or RU 486 pill) and Misoprostol (Cytotec) tablets. The first medication, mifepristone, works by blocking the action of progesterone, a hormone needed to maintain pregnancy and the second medication, misoprostol, causes the uterus to expel the products of conception. Mifeprex works very early in the pregnancy and allows you to avoid surgery. It is a non-invasive option; surgical instruments and general or local anesthesia is not used. It is a more natural way, in the privacy of your own home, at a time right for you.
Our doctor will decide if you qualify for this option.
Why should I consider a medical abortion?
This is an individual decision. If you just found out that you are pregnant (you are late with your period and your pregnancy test is positive) the non-surgical (medical) option is the best for you. Some women feel the medical abortion procedure may be more advantageous because it can be done earlier in pregnancy. They do not want to undergo surgery and they feel that the abortion pill offers more privacy since the procedure is generally completed at home. You can choose to be alone or with the companion, friend, or family member around. Even you are doing it at home, you are under our care and we are available to you at all times.
What are the advantages of medical abortions?
- Non-invasive method (no surgical instruments), no anesthesia.
- More natural way.
- More privacy since the procedure is generally completed at home.
- Medical abortion allows a freedom of choice and time.
- Success rates are very high with this procedure.
How early in my pregnancy I can have a medical abortion?
You are qualified to have a medical abortion as early as urine pregnancy test will show a positive result.
What is Mifepristone (Mifeprex or RU 486)?
More and more women who have abortion are doing so by the abortion pill (RU- 486). The “abortion pill” is an effective method to end the pregnancy and has been used for many years in Europe and Asia. On September 28, 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved RU-486, the “abortion pill” for use in medical abortions. It works by blocking the action of progesterone, a hormone needed to maintain pregnancy.
What should I avoid while taking Mifeprex?
Do not take any non-prescription medicines such as herbal or dietary supplements at any time during the treatment period without first asking a doctor. They may interfere with the process. Also, avoid alcohol.
What is Misoprostol (Cytotec)?
Misoprostol is a drug that makes the uterus cramp and causes bleeding to expel the pregnancy (miscarriage). It is taken at home 48 hours after you receive the RU-486 pill at the clinic. With a medical abortion, women sometimes have stronger cramping and heavier bleeding than with a period. Bleeding and spotting usually lasts 9-16 days.
Is medical abortion safe?
Medical abortion is very safe. All medical studies to date show no negative effects on health or future pregnancies for women. Abortion pill (RU 486) has been safe to use for more than a decade in U.S.
What is the success rate for medical abortion?
Women‘s Aid Center specializes in non-surgical abortion and has a 98% success rate.
Do I have to come back for a check up after a medical abortion?
Yes, you definitely have to come back to see us for a check-up. The pregnancy test, pelvic exam and possibly an ultrasound will be done on that day free of charge.
There is still some slim chance of you being pregnant, even though you had some bleeding. Abortion pill does cause birth defects, you cannot continue the pregnancy.
When should I not have a medical abortion?
- You are more than 9 weeks pregnant.
- You are severely anemic.
- You have severe intestinal problems.
- You take medicines to thin your blood such as heparin or have a bleeding disorder.
- You have a history of heart disease or stroke.
- If you think, you might have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy not in the uterus).
- You have an IUD at the present time. It must be taken out prior your treatment.
How is medical abortion done?
After the medical staff confirmed through lab work, medical history, exam and ultrasound that you are eligible for a medical abortion, you will meet with a trained counselor who will review your medical history, answer all your questions and explain the process.
The actual procedure for the medical abortion will proceed as follows:
Day 1 – At the clinic
The first visit entails a medical history followed by private counseling regarding the specifics of the process. A vaginal ultrasound examination is then performed to establish the precise stage of pregnancy. You will then be given a pelvic examination by the doctor who will administer the Mifeprex (RU486 pill) orally. It blocks a hormone needed for your pregnancy to continue. You may have some bleeding after the first medication, but you still need your second medication to complete abortion.
Before you leave our clinic, you will receive four pills of second medication, Misoprostol, along with pain medication prescription to take home.
Day 3 – At home
You will take four pills of Misoprostol orally 48 hours later at home placing them between your gum and cheeks. This medication usually produces cramping in about 2 to 4 hours and vaginal bleeding within 1/2 to 10 hours after cramping begins, you may pass some blood clots. Prescribed pain medicine or over the counter pills such as Tylenol can help with your cramps. In most cases pregnancy will pass within 24 hours of when bleeding begins. Instructions will be given to you at the clinic.
Remember, even you are doing the pills at home, you are under our care and we are available to you at all times. If you have any questions at any point of your treatment, please, do not hesitate to call us.
The medical abortion is about 98% effective. That is why a follow-up visit at the office in two or three weeks is absolutely necessary to determine that the abortion is complete. This visit will include a urine test, pelvic exam, possibly an ultrasound to check if you are still may be pregnant. If this visit shows that the abortion has not been complete (2% cases), surgical abortion, which is a standard suction curettage, will be administered to end the pregnancy at no extra charge. If the pregnancy continues after your medical treatment, there is a great chance of birth defects.