Medical Abortion (At-Home Abortion)
A medical abortion is commonly known as Abortion Pill—a SAFE and EFFECTIVE method for an early abortion up to 9 weeks from last menstrual period.
At Falls Church Healthcare we use 2 combinations of 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 (two) hours for your registration is needed for paperwork, lab services and procedure review & 1 (one) 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 ‘RU-486’). It is not unusual to have some spotting or even bleeding after the first medication but the procedure is not yet complete.
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 take 600 to 800 mg Ibuprofen for pain management
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 four options for your follow-up assessment to verify you have successfully expelled your pregnancy tissue completely.
- Visit Falls Church Healthcare Center
- Call Us to report your status
- Return to your own Gynecologist, and report back to us
- Report to us through our website
We encourage and will assist you in exploring various family planning/birth control options.
Additional Information on Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion):
- Association for Reproductive Health Professionals: http://www.arhp.org/Publications-and-Resources/Patient-Resources/Fact-Sheets/Early-Abortion
- National Abortion Federation (NAF): http://prochoice.org/think-youre-pregnant/im-pregnant-what-are-my-options/abortion