on-surgical abortion, or medical abortion, is commonly called the “abortion pill.” Medical abortion is a safe and highly effective method to end an early pregnancy without surgery. This procedure is offered up to 10 weeks.
Medical abortion requires 2 visits to our office. When you arrive at our office for your first visit, which will take approximately 1 hour, you will be checked in by our front-desk staff and asked to complete intake forms. You will have an ultrasound to determine gestational age and laboratory work (urine pregnancy test and finger stick). A nurse or counselor will review your medical history, go over your instructions, answer any questions, and obtain your informed consent for the procedure. You will meet with the physician to discuss any further questions or concerns that you may have. You will take 1 pill called Mifiprex (Mifepristone) in the office at the conclusion of your visit. Mifiprex is a pill that blocks progesterone, a naturally produced hormone necessary to maintain a pregnancy. This medication generally produces little to no side effects. At home, the following day, you will self administer 4 Misoprostol tablets which will cause cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus. The pregnancy is likely to be passed within 2-24 hours after taking Mifiprex and Misoprostol. You can expect heavy bleeding (more than with a period) and cramping during this time. To lessen discomfort, you may take over-the-counter pain medicines like Advil, Motrin or Tylenol. You will return to our office for a follow-up visit in 2 weeks to confirm that the procedure has been both successful and complete.