“Abortion pill” is the common name for using two different medicines to end a pregnancy. The first (mifepristone) blocks a hormone needed for your pregnancy to continue. The second (misoprostol), taken either right away or up to 48 hours later, causes the uterus to cramp and bleed.
Most people pass the pregnancy in 4-5 hours, but it may take longer. You will have bleeding and cramping that will likely be heavier than your usual period. Afterward, the cramping and bleeding slows down but some light bleeding and spotting may last for a week or two.
- You can usually get a medication abortion up to 11 weeks after the first day of your last period.
- Medication abortion works about 91–98 out of 100 times, depending how far along you are in your pregnancy when you take the medication.
Follow-up is required to ensure the process is complete and that you’re healthy. A small number of people taking these medications will need an in-clinic suction procedure either because the pregnancy did not completely pass or to stop bleeding.
Medication abortion is provided at all of our health centers.