Below is some basic information about the most common abortion methods. We can provide more information regarding abortion options and risks, if requested.
Abortion drugs RU-486 (Mifeprex) and misoprostol (Cytotec) are used up to 10 weeks (70 days) from first day of the last period. The first one destabilizes the pregnancy and causes the death of the embryo. The second drug, given 24-48 hours later, causes the uterus to expel the pregnancy.
The woman has strong cramping and usually aborts at home. Risks associated with chemical abortion include infection, undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, emotional problems following abortion and heavy bleeding or incomplete abortion. Sometimes a chemical abortion does not work and a surgical abortion is done. Women with certain medical conditions should not take Mifeprex.
The FDA warns that buying abortion pills online is illegal and risky. You can’t be sure what is in them since there is not a way to regulate those who provide them.
If you have taken the first abortion pill (Mifeprex) and are having doubts about continuing with the abortion, there is something you can do. You can call 877-558-0333, and someone will talk with you about abortion pill reversal. It may not be too late to save your pregnancy.
Abortion Pill Reversal: https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/
If You Are Pregnant, Minnesota Dept of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/docs/people/wrtk/handbook_eng.pdf
(up to 14 weeks after last menstrual period)
After the cervix is opened, a tube is placed into the uterus to remove the pregnancy contents using suction. A special instrument called a curette may then be used to remove any other contents.
Possible complications associated with surgical abortion include blood clots in the uterus, perforated uterus, torn cervix, heavy bleeding, pelvic infection, and incomplete abortion.
(SOURCE: If You Are Pregnant, Minnesota Dept of Health, 2009.)
References also sourced in Before You Decide, 2015 (free copies available upon request). For more information on morning-after pills and abortion procedures visit http://www.optionline.org/questions or call to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.
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