Medical Abortion (At-Home Abortion)

A medical abortion is commonly known as Abortion Pill—SAFE and EFFECTIVE method for an abortion up to 9 weeks.

At Falls Church Healthcare we use a combination of 2 medications to end a pregnancy:

  • Mifepristone and Misoprostol

Completing the medical abortion procedure itself only takes 5-10 minutes. However, you should expect to be in our center for your appointments up to 3 hours; 2 hours for your registration is needed for paperwork, lab services and procedure review & 1 hour for your actual abortioncare appointment.

You will have an opportunity to meet with your health educator to discuss the procedure and your feelings and concerns at both of those appointments.

Our staff is here to support and help both patients and those who are with you in this experience.

See the Pregnancy Calculator below to estimate the “gestational age” of your pregnancy.

What to Expect

At your abortioncare appointment our gynecologist will give you the first medication, Mifepristone. This blocks the hormone progesterone, that sustains a pregnancy. Without this hormone, the endometrial lining and developing pregnancy shrinks from the uterine wall.

The second,  Misoprostol, which you will take at home, helps the cervix soften and uterine cramping and bleeding (like during your period) begins helping to expel the ended pregnancy. Cramping and bleeding be moderate to heavy.

At Our Office

You will swallow the first pill Mifepristone (also known as ‘the abortion pill’). It is not unusual to have some spotting or even bleeding after the first medication but the procedure is not yet complete.

At Home

You will take the Misoprostol tablets, which are taken orally, helping the uterus to contract and empty. You will take these pills 12 to 48 hours later, considering your doctor’s recommendations and your personal schedule. After you take the Misoprostol you will have bleeding and strong cramping that may be severe, dramatic or simply similar to one of your “bad” periods. This may last a few hours.

  • Heating pad can help with the cramps.
  • You may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, or feel tired. These symptoms usually last only a short time and stop on their own. Everyone’s experience and comfort levels will be different.
  • You may be given a prescription by your physician for pain management to be filled at your pharmacy.


Plan a follow-up visit in 2 to 3 weeks. It is very important for patients to have a follow-up examination especially if pregnancy symptoms have not decreased.

There are options for your follow-up assessment to verify you have successfully expelled your pregnancy tissue completely:

  • Return to Falls Church Healthcare Center or
  • Visit your own Gynecologist and report back to us

We encourage and will assist you in exploring various family planning/birth control options.

Additional Information on Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion):

  • Financial Assistance

    For women residing in Northern Virginia ARCH can HELP if you are experiencing FINANCIAL CHALLENGES to access your reproductive healthcare for gynecology wellness, miscarriage management and abortion care.

  • Doula

    An abortion doula is a trained individual who provides EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL, and INFORMATIONAL SUPPORT during and after abortion or after pregnancy loss.

  • Family Planning & Birth Control

    We offer FREE urine pregnancy testing. Meet with one of our health educators to discuss Family Planning and Birth Control options and methods.