How safe is the Abortion Pill?

The term “abortion pill” is a misnomer. The medical (or medication) abortion can be an injection or combination of two pills or medications. The Abortion Pill (Mifeprex) is FDA approved to terminate pregnancies up to 7 weeks (49 days) from the LMP.1

Many women choose medication abortion thinking that it will be less painful or difficult than a surgical abortion procedure. After all, you can do at least part of the procedure in the comfort of your own home instead of an abortion clinic.

However, the abortion pill has specific risks and side effects that are different from the risks associated with other abortion procedures, and many women find that it is more difficult and less safe than they first realized.

Furthermore, some abortion clinics or abortion providers are using the medications “off label,” which means that they are not following the FDA guidelines. A woman considering a medication abortion needs to know the right questions to ask her provider in order to find out if the abortion clinic is using this medication in ways that meet FDA guidelines.
Before you choose medication abortion, make an appointment to get detailed information from a source that does not stand to profit from your decision one way or the other. A pregnancy test can’t tell you if your pregnancy is viable (living) or not. It is important to get the facts about this procedure, as well as the facts about the status of your own possible pregnancy, before moving forward. Our trained counselors and medical staff can give you the information you need.

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1. Mifeprex medication label. Food and Drug Administration Web site. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/020687s013lbl.pdf. Accessed August 4, 2013. pp. 6, 14.

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Decisions

A woman has many decisions to make when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. There are several options when considering abortion.

  • Many women seeking an abortion consider the abortion pill, also known as RU 486 or Mifeprex. The FDA approves this method up to 7 weeks (49 days) from the last menstrual period.1 Although the failure rate and complications increase, some abortion providers will administer the pill up to 9 weeks after the last menstrual period.2
  • Surgical abortion with suction and curettage can be done between 4-13 weeks after the last menstrual period. This is done in an abortion clinic using varying degrees of pain control.
  • Surgical abortion during the second trimester, weeks 13-24, involves dilation and evacuation or D&E. This procedure typically involves 10-24 hours in an abortion clinic.
  • Late term abortions, from about 24 weeks until the end of the pregnancy, take about 2-3 days. This procedure is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother.

Up to 30% of early pregnancies may end in miscarriage3 so a sonogram is an important first step before scheduling an abortion. The sonogram can help in determining the viability or capacity for life of the pregnancy, how far along the pregnancy is, and what type of abortion you would be eligible for. Sonograms are available free of charge at the Pregnancy Clinic.

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1. Mifeprex medication guide. How should I take mifeprex? Food and Drug Administration Web site. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088643.pdf. Accessed August 4, 2013.

2. Mifepristone questions and answers. Food and Drug Administration Web site. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm111354.htm April 17, 2002. Accessed August 4, 2013.

3. Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, et al. Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med. Jul 28 1988;319(4):189-94. Petrozza, John C. “Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.” Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss. Medscape Web site. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/260495-overview Accessed August 6, 2013.

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Can you get a Free Abortion in Maryland?

While there are programs that can offer you a reduced or no cost abortion, they are typically based on income qualifications and may not cover other services which could be necessary before having an abortion. Additionally, if your pregnancy is not viable, you may not need an abortion.

These are important questions to ask yourself.

Am I really pregnant? Up to 30% of pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, avoiding the need for an abortion.1

How far along am I? How far along your pregnancy is determines the type of abortion you would be eligible to receive, as well as the cost of the abortion. Additionally, many providers stop doing abortions at a certain gestational age (meaning how long it has been since the first day of your most recent period) because of the increase in risks and complications.2

Do I have an STD? It is important to know whether or not you have an STD prior to receiving an abortion since a preexisting STD can increase your risks and complications.3 At the Pregnancy Clinic, a laboratory grade pregnancy test, Ultrasound, and STD testing are all free and in a safe, caring, and professional environment with our compassionate, licensed, medical staff.

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1. Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, et al. Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med. Jul 28 1988;319(4):189-94. Petrozza, John C. “Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.” Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss. Medscape Web site. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/260495-overview Accessed August 6, 2013.

2. “Second-Trimester Abortion: Logistics and Lack of Symptoms Are Factors.” Second-Trimester Abortion: Logistics and Lack of Symptoms Are Factors. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2014.

3. Stevenson, M. M., and K. W. Radcliffe. “Preventing pelvic infection after abortion.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine Web site. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8547409?dopt=AbstractPlus. Accessed August 4, 2013.

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How much does an abortion cost?

Abortion prices vary depending on the provider, type of procedure, and whether you want pain management options. Since up to 30% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriage1, it is important to find out whether or not you are pregnant, if the pregnancy is viable (alive), and how far along you are before proceeding with an abortion.

While a medical (medication or pill) abortion can sometimes be less expensive, it is important to note that if a medical abortion results in an incomplete abortion, fetal or placental tissue remains in the uterus and must be removed with a surgical abortion in order to prevent infection.2

At the Pregnancy Clinic, a medical clinic with licensed medical staff can help you determine whether or not you are pregnant, if the pregnancy is viable, how far along your pregnancy is, and the different types of abortion that you would be eligible to receive. All of our services are safe and confidential.

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1. Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, et al. Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med. Jul 28 1988;319(4):189-94. Petrozza, John C. “Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss.” Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss. Medscape Web site. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/260495-overview  Accessed August 6, 2013.

2. Mifeprex (Mifepristone) Information, Postmarket Drug Safety Information for Patients and Providers. Food and Drug Safety Administration Web site.   http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/postmarketdrugsafetyinformationforpatientsandproviders/ucm111323.htm.  Accessed August 6, 2013.

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