Medication abortion, also called the abortion pill, can be taken up to 70 days (10 weeks) of pregnancy. The pill ( two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol) is taken in two doses, one is taken at a clinic and the other at home. Some clinics offer the abortion pill after 10 weeks, but there are many more complications and the pill often does not end the pregnancy.
Things to consider:
- Bleeding can be heavy and lasts an average of 9-16 days.
- One woman in 100 needs a surgical scraping to stop the bleeding.
- Pregnancies sometimes fail to abort, and this risk increases as the pregnancy advances.
- For pregnancies 8 weeks LMP and beyond, identifiable parts may be seen.
- By 10 weeks LMP, the developing baby is over one inch in length with clearly recognizable arms, legs, hands, and feet. Some women find this difficult to see at home after taking their second dose.
- Methotrexate is FDA-approved for treating certain cancers and rheumatoid arthritis but is used off-label to treat ectopic pregnancies and to induce abortion. Given by mouth or injection, it works by stopping cell growth, resulting in the embryo’s death.
- The abortion pill is not the same as The Morning After Pill or RU-486. You must confirm LMP (last menstrual period) and fetal age prior to taking the pill.
To determine how far along you are and to receive information about your options and possible side effects, request an appointment at Options on Main today.
If you have recently taken mifepristone (the first dose of the abortion pill) and regret it, learn more about Abortion Pill Reversal and what you can do.