The medical abortion (or abortion pill) is also known as early abortion and involves taking two sets of pills to end a pregnancy. It's an alternative to surgical abortion and available before nine weeks of pregnancy.
Is medical abortion the same as the morning after pill?
No - the medical abortion/abortion pill is not the same as the morning after pill/emergency contraception.
How is medical abortion carried out?
There are two different types of medication used for a medical abortion at Marie Stopes - Mifepristone and Misoprostol. You'll take the two sets of tablets over two times which causes the passing of the pregnancy. It is indeed combined packet.
The Mifepristone medication stops the hormone progesterone working. Without this hormone, the pregnancy is unable to continue as it detaches from the uterus (womb). After taking the first tablets, most women can carry on with everyday life. However you might experience some cramping and bleeding. It's fine to take painkillers such as Ibuprofen.
The second Misoprostol tablets will then be given 48 hours after the Mifepristone. This will cause the uterus (womb) to contract and will result in cramping, bleeding and the pregnancy being expelled.
Once the first tablets have been taken, if you change your mind and decide to continue with the pregnancy we cannot guarantee that the foetus will not be damaged.
You can receive Safe, legal and confidential medical abortion service and counseling at Marie Stopes centres with minimum waiting time for an appointment. Find your nearest one by clicking here or view all of them listed by region by clicking here.
What is the medical abortion failure rate?
The failure rate for medical abortion is very low - 2-3 women in every 100.
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