The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill is a medical abortion.  This type of abortion uses two drugs.  The first medication blocks the progesterone hormone which is needed for pregnancy to continue.  When used together with the second medication, it will end an early pregnancy (70 days or less since the first day of the last menstrual period or 10 wks LMP).

How is it taken?  The FDA has approved a dosing regimen:

  • on day one: the first medication is taken by mouth
  • 24 to 48 hours after taking the first medication: the second medication is taken buccally (in the cheek pouch), at a location appropriate for the patient
  • about seven to fourteen days after taking your first medication: follow-up with the healthcare provider

The documented side effects of the abortion pill include abdominal pain, severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, fever, and chills.

Risks include seeing embryonic parts expelled, a possible life-threatening infection known as sepsis (severe systemic infection), some failing to abort (which may require an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination), undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, and possible hemorrhaging.

Information is lacking about the long-term mental health effects of a medical abortion, particularly, how women feel about giving themselves an abortion and seeing fetal parts expelled.

According to the FDA, some women should not take the first medication if it has been more than 70 days since the first day of her last menstrual period, or if she:

  • has an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus)
  • has problems with the adrenal glands (the glands near the kidneys)
  • is currently being treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy (medications)
  • has had an allergic reaction to the drugs used in the abortion pill, or similar drugs
  • has bleeding problems or is taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drug products
  • has inherited porphyria
  • has an intrauterine device (IUD) in place (it must be removed before taking the first abortion pill dose)

Women who have taken the first abortion pill dose should follow their healthcare provider’s instructions including the associated risks and complications that can occur such as:

  • sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting.
  • abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever)

Though not as common, other medical abortions can include medications or lethal injections for late-term abortions.  Each comes with its procedures and risks.

The Abortion Pill is now available by mail.  Before taking the Abortion Pill or any other medication, get information from a trusted source so that you understand how it works and the possible side effects. We are not an abortion provider instead we provide information to make an educated choice.  Women have trusted the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic with pregnancy decisions since 2008.

A: The abortion pill is available in-clinic or by mail through telehealth and can cost between $249 – $800 depending upon location, services available, and insurance provider. Costs may include: lab work, exam, and follow-up visit. If the abortion pill fails and your pregnancy continues, you may also have to pay for a second abortion procedure. Click on one of these links to learn more about abortion costs and abortion pill by mail.

A: You can get an abortion pill either through an abortion provider’s clinic or by an online mail source.  For mail order, in most cases, a telehealth appointment is required and the medication for the abortion is sent directly to you without an in-person physical examination.  A physical examination is important because it dates the pregnancy, rules out ectopic pregnancy, and determines viability (if you are at risk for miscarriage).  At Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic you can receive a pre-abortion screening at no-cost by a medical professional.

A: Missed period pill is another name for the abortion pill.  Some people may think it might help them psychologically if they’re unsure about abortion.  Regardless of its name, you should know that it is an abortion.

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Johanna Winchel
Johanna Winchel
August 22, 2019
The people who work here clearly care about their clients. PRC is an incredible resource - I would recommend it to any young woman who thinks she may be facing an unplanned pregnancy. This clinic offers so much helpful information on abortion, adoption, and parenting - all the while, offering encouragement and support to women in crisis.
Linda Donohoe
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August 13, 2019
This is a warm and caring facility that will explain all your options to you. It is confidential and will support you through a difficult time and help you make the best decision for you!
D Marvel
D Marvel
July 10, 2019
These pregnancy centers are a blessing , every beating heart is a life created . I had 3 miscarriages , I saw this little person from 2 weeks conception on ...I truly know God intricately weaves the cells together to make the being he designed ...may God give you wisdom and peace that HE will determine the life here or that HE will take the life for now and we will be united in Heaven ❤️