Abortion Pill

(Abortion pill FAQ)

When can I take the Abortion Pill?

It is safest to take the Abortion Pill between 5-11 weeks of pregnancy, counting from the first day of your last menstrual period. One of our physicians will confirm the dates of pregnancy by an ultrasound examination.

How does the Abortion Pill work?

The Abortion Pill is considered an early abortion method, because it only works during early pregnancy. Under 9 weeks of pregnancy, the uterus is getting ready for the pregnancy by developing a thickened lining inside, called “decidua”. The decidua is similar to the lining that comes out with your period, but a little thicker. This is why the Abortion Pill is said to “bring down your period.”

The Abortion Pill is actually two sets of pills. The first pill, mifepristone, blocks the pregnancy hormones from reaching the uterus, so the tissue lining stops growing and starts to detach from the uterus. The second set of pills, misoprostol, cause the uterus to contract and the cervix to relax and open. This induces your period, or causes an early miscarriage.

What will the actual abortion feel like?

Typically, there is no pain or cramping after taking the first pill, mifepristone, or RU486. Most women experience strong, period-like cramping for several hours after taking the second set of pills. At Early Options®, we will give you the appropriate pain medications and the right expectations so that you can be fully prepared. We also have a physician on call 24 hours a day to support your medical needs.

How much bleeding will I have?

The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the less bleeding you will have. Typically, after you take the second set of pills, you will have several hours of bleeding, heavier than a period. Within hours, the bleeding should become more like a period. This bleeding will last usually a week or more. It is common and normal to have irregular bleeding that lasts for weeks to months. The average length of bleeding is 6 weeks. This bleeding can be spotting, bleeding that stops and starts, or daily bleeding. It is normal to have bleeding that is red or brown in color. The passing of small or large clots is common and normal.

How is the Abortion Pill different than the morning after pill?

You must be pregnant to take the Abortion Pill (RU486). The Abortion Pill is a way to terminate an early pregnancy. The morning-after pill (or emergency contraception) is taken after unprotected sex to AVOID getting pregnant.

Can I take the Abortion Pill without anyone knowing?

Yes. It is easy to disguise your symptoms as a bad period or an early miscarriage. A doctor or medical professional cannot tell if you have taken the Abortion Pill.

How effective is the Abortion Pill?

The Abortion Pill is about 96% effective the first time you take misoprostol. At Early Options®, we send you home with two sets of pills. If you do not bleed after you’ve taken the pills the first time, you can try again 24 hours later. This brings the success rate up to over 98%.

What if I have a problem or something doesn’t seem right?

At Early Options®, we have doctors and staff available 24/7 to answer your questions.

What are the advantages of the Abortion Pill?

Generally, women are happy with the Abortion Pill. More than 90% of women who choose the method would recommend it to others. Some women find it stressful or emotionally difficult to be in medical offices and wish to complete the process in the comfort of their homes. Some women experience the process to be more like a miscarriage than a procedure, and find some emotional comfort in this perspective. Many couples appreciate being together while the miscarriage occurs.

Does the Abortion Pill hurt?

Typically, there is no pain or cramping after taking the first pill. Most women experience strong, period-like cramping for several hours after taking the second set of pills. Most abortion doctors will give you strong pain medications that should relieve this cramping. Some women get severe cramping that can last 6-8 hours.

Do I need to miss school or work?

No. One of the best things about the Abortion Pill is that you can choose a time that fits your schedule. You can take the second set of pills after work, 24-72 hours after the first pill. Once you take the second set of pills, the miscarriage usually happens within hours. You should be able to resume your normal activities several hours later. Occasionally, the miscarriage will begin several hours after taking the second set of pills; these delays are uncommon, but are not a cause for concern. In these rare cases of delayed bleeding, it is best to stay home from work or school until the miscarriage has occurred.