What is the Abortion Pill or RU-486?
The abortion pill, also known as RU-486 is actually a combination of two drugs — mifepristone and misoprostol — that cause early abortion. It should not be used if it has been more than 7 weeks since your last period. The abortion pill is NOT the same as the Morning After Pill.
What is a medical abortion anyway?
A medical abortion uses drugs like the ones mentioned above to end an early pregnancy.
How does it work?
The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone which is needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is taken 24 to 72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.
What about my health?
Side effects from the abortion pill include heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramping. If a medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion will be required.
Other things to consider…
The abortion pill can cost $350-$650 and requires 2-3 visits to a health care provider. Most medical abortions using mifepristone are completed within 2 weeks, but some can take up to 3 or even 4 weeks.
At AAA Life Services, we’re here for you. We’ve got the information you need and free pregnancy tests that can help you find out what’s really going on. Let’s talk about your options. Contact us or stop by; we’re right across from Clarion University in Clarion, Pa.
Kaiser Family Foundation, “Issue Update: Mifepristone: An Early Abortion Option,” July 2001.
Mifeprex® Medication Guide, Danco Laboratories, LLC, revised 4/22/09