The Abortion Pill
Medication abortion - also called the abortion pill - is a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy.
Thinking about getting the abortion pill?
1. Take the First Medicine in a Health Center
Your clinician will give you the first pill, mifepristone, at the clinic. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to grow normally. Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone. You’ll also get some antibiotics.
2. Take the Second Medicine at Home
Your clinician will also give you a medicine called misoprostol. You’ll use the misoprostol 24-48 hours after you take the first pill — your clinician will let you know how and when to do it. Misoprostol is a set of four pills taken together. You'll most likely want to take them at home.
3. Take It Easy
The second medicine causes cramping and bleeding that can last several hours or more. It’s kind of like having a really heavy, crampy period, and the process is very similar to an early miscarriage. Plan on taking it easy for the day.
Your Questions, Answered!
Read frequently asked questions about medication abortion (and answers, of course!). If you have any other questions, our health center staff will answer them for you.