Abortion Pill / RU 486

The abortion pill, also known as RU 486, is used, together with another medication called misoprostol, to end a pregnancy within (10 weeks) of the start of the last menstrual period. About 5-8% of women taking Mifeprex will need a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy or stop too much bleeding. We offer information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services or the abortion pill.  Contact us for a free ultrasound to see how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Risks of the abortion pill (Mifeprex)

Common effects of taking the abortion pill are:                                   abortion pill ru 486

  • Heavy cramping and pain
  • Bleeding (for an average of 9 to 16 days)
  • Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Headache and dizziness

Many women have complained about the painful cramps and bleeding they endured for days. Here’s what women who have taken the abortion pill said:

“It’s like labor – very, very painful. Afterwards I was bleeding for days and called the abortion clinic – they told me it was normal. I would tell any woman not to go through with it.”

“They didn’t tell me it would be so terribly painful. I was doubled over in pain. Then big [blood clots] came out and were all over.”

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The Food and Drug Administration has received reports of serious adverse events in the US following medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol, including:

  • Substantial blood loss, requiring blood transfusions
  • Severe Infection
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Possible Death (though it is very rare)

Eight of the 14 women who died in the US after a medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol died from sepsis (a severe illness caused by infection of the bloodstream). Sepsis is a known risk related to any type of abortion.

Abortion Pill Reversal

If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill but changed your mind, it may not be too late to stop it. There is something called the abortion pill reversal. For more information, call 877-558-0333 or go to the Abortion pill reversal website.

Note: We offer peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services or the abortion pill.

The information provided above is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information and the U.S. FDA Mifeprex Questions and Answers (accessed on February 1, 2017).

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