What is it?
RU-486, also known as “the abortion pill,” is actually a combination of two drugs -- mifepristone and misoprostol -- that cause early abortion.It should not be used if it may have been more than 49 days since your last period. RU-486 is not the same as the Morning After Pill.
How does it work?
The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is inserted into the vagina or taken orally 24 to 72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.
Things to Consider
You are at higher risk if you have:
The FDA says that the abortion pill can have serious side effects and complications, such as:
IMPORTANT: Within the first 24 hours after taking mifepristone and misoprostol, contact your healthcare professional right away if you experience:
These symptoms, even without fever, am indicate a serious and possibly fatal blood infection called sepsis.
Take time to consider all your options and get counselling from someone who does not have a financial or personal stake in your decision. Then choose well.
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