Medication abortion (also called the abortion pill, Mifeprex™) is FDA approved for up to 70 days (10 weeks pregnant) after the start of your last menstrual period.

  • The “pill” is actually a protocol that involves taking two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, which are taken on two different days.
  • Because of the risk of complications, the FDA requires Mifeprex to only be distributed through a restricted program.
  • It is not available through a pharmacy, but is only available by a certified provider.
  • The FDA strongly cautions against the use of mifepristone obtained over the Internet.
  • The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraception.
  • For women who change their minds after taking just the mifepristone, it may be possible to rescue the pregnancy. For more information, see: The Abortion Pill Reversal.

How it works – The first medication, mifepristone, blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. Without progesterone, the embryo eventually dies over the next several days. The second medication, misoprostol, causes bleeding and cramping, expelling the embryo and uterine contents.

Side effects – Cramping and bleeding are expected. Bleeding lasts an average of 9 to 16 days. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, weakness, dizziness and headache.

Complications – In 1% of women, bleeding is so heavy a surgical procedure called a D&C is required to stop the bleeding. Fatal infections have occurred in a small number of women who used the abortion pill protocol. Before taking any medication, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and know what to do if complications arise.

Follow-up – It is important to follow-up with your doctor 1 to 2 weeks after taking this medication regime to see if an abortion has occurred and to assess for complications.


At your appointment, our staff will perform a pregnancy test and discuss all your options. Our medical staff will determine next steps, such as an ultrasound exam, and the best time to schedule that procedure. An ultrasound can confirm if you are carrying a viable pregnancy and can give you an estimate of pregnancy dating. This is valuable information regardless of which decision you make. The abortion procedure used and associated costs vary depending on duration of pregnancy.
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Abortion Pill Reversal

Have you taken the first pill (mifepristone) of the abortion pill procedure? Do you regret your decision and wish you could reverse the effects of the abortion pill? It may not be too late! Call 877-558-0333 to speak with the 24/7 hotline or visit their website to locate a participating medical professional near you.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

Information taken from:

  1. Mifeprex (mifepristone) information. (2018, February 5). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information
  2. Mifeprex-Medication Guide. (n.d.). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/media/72923/download
  3. Abortion Pill Reversal. https://abortionpillreversal.com/
  4. Questions and answers on Mifeprex. (2021, April 13). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifeprex

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