What is the abortion pill?
An abortion pill is a form of medication taken to end a pregnancy. It is a method used for those looking for an abortion early on in their pregnancy and is a safe and effective method of early abortion.
How effective is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is considered a very effective way of ending a pregnancy; However, its effectiveness is determined by how far you are into your pregnancy.
8 weeks or less
For women who are 8 weeks pregnant or less, the abortion pill works around 94-98 out of 100 times.
Women who have been pregnant for 8-9 weeks have a 94-96 out of 100 chance of the pill working.
For women who are 9-10 weeks into their pregnancy, the abortion pill works 91-93 out of 100 times.
The abortion pill is normally effective, however, if it doesn’t work for you more medication is available as well as a surgical abortion.
How does the abortion pill work?
The abortion pill is made up of two different medicines which when taken end a pregnancy. These two medicines are called mifepristone and misoprostol.
The first stage of the abortion pill process is to take the pill called mifepristone. When a woman is pregnant a natural hormone referred to as progesterone is needed for normal growth. Mifepristone works by blocking your body’s natural progesterone and therefore prohibiting the pregnancy from further developing.
The next stage is taking Misoprostol. The Misoprostol pill can be taken directly after the Mifepristone pill or up to 48 hours after. This pill causes bleeding and cramps to occur, which in turn allows your uterus to empty and therefore ending the pregnancy. The bleeding and cramps are similar to having a very heavy period and the process of this is similar to having a miscarriage early in your pregnancy.
It is important to remember if you do not have any bleeding within the first 24 hours of taking Misoprostol to contact your doctor or nurse.