There’s a little more to getting the abortion pill than just getting a prescription. You meet with a doctor or nurse to get an exam and lab tests, and you may get an ultrasound to figure out how far into your pregnancy you are.
If you and your nurse or doctor decide the abortion pill is right for you, they will give you two different types of medicine for your abortion, Mifepristone and Misoprostol. At the appointment, the doctor or nurse will tell you how to take the pills, go over anything else you need to know, and schedule a follow-up for a couple of weeks later, to make sure the pills worked and your abortion is complete.
Some people confuse the abortion pill with the morning-after pill, but they’re very different. The abortion pill ends a pregnancy — the morning-after pill PREVENTS pregnancy before it happens. And unlike the abortion pill, anybody can buy the morning-after pill over the counter at pharmacies and drugstores. You can take the morning-after pill up to 5 days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. But the morning-after pill won’t cause an abortion or harm the pregnancy if you’re already pregnant.
If you’re looking for a place to get an abortion, beware of “crisis pregnancy centers.” These are places that seem like real medical centers, but they’re actually run by people who want to scare or shame people out of getting an abortion. They often give you incorrect or misleading information about pregnancy, abortion, and birth control. Our Abortion Care Finder can help you find an abortion provider in your area.