How to Take the Abortion Pill

The medication abortion process allows you to exercise your autonomy, giving you the freedom to carry out the abortion privately.

We want you to know that in this process, you are in control. You just need to follow the directions for taking the abortion pills properly. We hope a better understanding of the medication abortion process will help you feel more confident about your reproductive health learning journey.

The First Step

Start by taking one pill of mifepristone (200 mg) with water. 

After a period of 24 to 48 hours, when you've had ample rest and a hearty meal, proceed to the next step. 

The Second Step

We suggest taking 800 mg of ibuprofen (four over-the-counter tablets) about half an hour before you take the misoprostol pills. This will aid in reducing any cramps or bleeding that could start a few hours later. 

Next, you'll need to take four misoprostol pills (800 mcg). You must take the four misoprostol pills even if you have started bleeding. Do not skip this step. 

You can either place them inside your vagina or between your cheeks and gums. The medication will work the same if you take it in your cheeks, but it may cause more nausea and side effects. 

  • For vaginal intake, you can either squat or lie down on your back or side. Use your finger to insert the four misoprostol tablets, one at a time, deep into your vagina. After inserting, lie down and wait for half an hour. 
  • If you prefer the buccal method (between cheeks and gums), place two pills on each side of your mouth and let them dissolve for 30 minutes. Then, swallow the remnants. 

The Final Step

The final step involves placing four more misoprostol pills (800 mcg) between your cheeks and gums for another 30 minutes. This step is only necessary if you are more than nine weeks pregnant or haven't experienced bleeding as heavy as a period 24 hours after the previous step. 

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Our team is here to support you, answer your questions, and ensure you feel safe and cared for. 

Medication Abortion with the Support of Life Cycle for Women

At #LC4W, we understand that choosing to have an abortion can be a deeply personal and complex decision. Our dedicated team is committed to providing a supportive and judgment-free environment where you can feel seen, heard, and respected.

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