THE ABORTION PILL

MIFEPRISTONE (aka: MIFEPREX, Mife, RU-486, The ABORTION PILL)

Procedure

The FDA approved regimen for Mifiprex (RU-486) is a two-visit process using two different drugs 1: (Misoprostol, the second medication used in this process can be taken at home and not in a medical facility.)

  1. Mifepristone is given orally during the first office visit. Mifepristone blocks progesterone from sustaining the pregnancy, thereby ending the life of the baby.
  2. Misoprostol tablets are taken at home 48 hours after the dose of Mifepristone is administered. They can either be taken orally or inserted vaginally. The misoprostol will cause contractions to expel the baby. This event can occur within a few hours or up to two weeks after taking misoprostol and does not take place at the medical facility. In addition to heavy bleeding, women often pass large clots, tissue and then the baby.
  3. A physical exam is necessary within 7-14 days later to ensure the abortion is complete and that there is no retained tissue or other immediate complications.
  4. An antibiotic may be offered to decrease the risk for infection. If you are not offered an antibiotic, please request one.

Risks and Side Effects

The FDA approved regimen for Mifiprex (RU-486) is a two-visit process using two different drugs 1: (Misoprostol, the second medication used in this process can be taken at home and not in a medical facility.)

  1. Mifepristone is given orally during the first office visit. Mifepristone blocks progesterone from sustaining the pregnancy, thereby ending the life of the baby.
  2. Misoprostol tablets are taken at home 48 hours after the dose of Mifepristone is administered. They can either be taken orally or inserted vaginally. The misoprostol will cause contractions to expel the baby. This event can occur within a few hours or up to two weeks after taking misoprostol and does not take place at the medical facility. In addition to heavy bleeding, women often pass large clots, tissue and then the baby.
  3. A physical exam is necessary within 7-14 days later to ensure the abortion is complete and that there is no retained tissue or other immediate complications.
  4. An antibiotic may be offered to decrease the risk for infection. If you are not offered an antibiotic, please request one.

Confirm Viability With Ultrasound

Statistics show that 1 in 4 early pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. If you have a positive pregnancy test at BFR Medical, you may be eligible for a free, limited obstetric ultrasound. This information will help you in your decision-making process by answering the following three questions:

  • How far along are you?
  • Is the pregnancy located in the uterus?
  • Does your baby have a detectable heartbeat?

Reversal Options

If you have taken the first dose of the pill and are experiencing doubts about your abortion, it may be possible to reverse your abortion.3 Every hour since your first dose of the abortion pill matters, so it’s important to call the Abortion Reversal Hotline at 877-558-0333 or an OB provider as soon as possible.

Citations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2016). Mifeprex Medication Guide. U.S. Department of Health. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM088643.pdf))

2Mifeprex Label (2016), Table 4.

3 Abortion Option Information adapted from:
http://www.abortionpillreversal.com