What is the abortion pill?
The early medical abortion pill is a medication which combines naturally occurring hormones in the form of tablets, that when taken can terminate an early pregnancy.
How does the abortion pill work?
The early medical abortion pill is just one of the abortion methods used today. The termination of a pregnancy can be achieved with two medicines; misoprostol and mifepristone.
Misoprostol is a tablet containing the hormone prostaglandin, which is inserted into the vagina. Prostaglandin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and works by helping the uterus contract. The mifepristone tablet is swallowed instead of insulted and works by blocking the action of progesterone, the hormone which helps maintain a pregnancy.
When should I take the abortion pill?
A pregnancy can be terminated by the abortion pill up to 70 days after the first day of your last period. If you wish to have an abortion after 70 days (10 weeks), you can visit an abortion clinic of your choice to have an in-clinic abortion.
Does the abortion pill work?
After years of research, the abortion pill has proven to be very effective. The early medical abortion pill works 98% of the time for those who are 8 weeks pregnant or under. After 8 weeks but not past 9 weeks, the pill works 96% of the time and between 9 and 10 weeks works 91-93% of the time.
Is abortion safe?
Due to the split arguments surrounding the subject, many rumours about abortion have been circulated. Abortions are safe but like most medical procedures, does have its side effects. Side effects include:
• Feeling faint or nauseous
• Bleeding and passing blood clots
• Slight dizziness
• At times headaches and skin rashes
• Period pain like cramps
• Miscarriages can occur in some cases before the second tablet is taken