Mifepristone & Misoprostol


The Mifepristone and Misoprostol Abortion Pill is a safe and effective medical product designed for early pregnancy termination. The kit contains two types of medication, Mifepristone, and Misoprostol, which together work in synergy to terminate an early pregnancy.

Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, is an anti-progestin that blocks the hormone progesterone, causing the lining of the uterus to break down. This initiates the process of pregnancy termination. The second medication, Misoprostol, is a prostaglandin that causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy tissue.

This abortion pill is designed for use within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. It provides a non-invasive, private, and typically less expensive alternative to surgical abortion. It has a high success rate, with an effectiveness of about 95-98% when both medicines are used.

Please note that this product should be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea, and heavy bleeding. After taking the medication, it's essential to have a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to ensure the abortion is complete and to check for any complications.

Always consult with a healthcare professional before considering the use of the Mifepristone and Misoprostol Abortion Pill. Your health and safety are paramount.

FAQs About the Abortion Pill

What is the abortion pill?

The 'abortion pill' typically refers to a combination of two medicines, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, used to terminate early pregnancies. 

How does the abortion pill work?

First, the pill Mifepristone is taken, which stops the pregnancy from growing by blocking the hormone progesterone. Then Misoprostol is taken to induce contractions and expel the pregnancy from the uterus.

How effective is the abortion pill?

The efficacy of the abortion pill is quite high. The success rate of using both mifepristone and misoprostol significantly depends on the gestational age and the number of medicine doses consumed:

  • For pregnancies up to 8 weeks, the success rate ranges between 94-98%.
  • In the 8-9 week gestation period, the effectiveness is about 94-96%.
  • Between 9-10 weeks of pregnancy, the pill works in approximately 91-93% of cases.
  • Taking an additional dose of misoprostol can increase the effectiveness to around 99%.
  • For pregnancies in the 10-11 week range, the efficacy is around 87%.
  • An extra dose of misoprostol can enhance the success rate to roughly 98%.

Generally, the combination of mifepristone and misoprostol is slightly more effective than using only misoprostol.

When used alone, misoprostol can terminate the pregnancy about 85-95% of the time, again depending on the stage of pregnancy and the method of medicine consumption.

Are there any side effects of the abortion pill?

Some side effects of the abortion pill can include heavy bleeding, fever, nausea, vomiting, and cramps. These are usually temporary and subside after the abortion is complete.

How long does it take for the abortion pill to work?

Most women will start to bleed within 1-4 hours of taking the Misoprostol. The process is usually completed within 24 hours but sometimes takes longer.

Can I take the abortion pill at home?

Yes, it is possible to take the abortion pill at home. However, it is important to follow a healthcare provider's instructions and have access to medical help if needed.

Is the abortion pill safe?

Yes, the abortion pill is considered safe by the World Health Organization. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking the pill.

Can I use the abortion pill if I have an ectopic pregnancy?

No, the abortion pill is not effective in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy requires immediate medical attention.

How quickly can I get pregnant after taking the abortion pill?

Fertility can return within a few weeks of an abortion, so if you do not want to become pregnant, it is important to start using contraception immediately.

Where can I get the abortion pill?

You can order the abortion pill through Life Cycles for Women. 

Please note: All medical decisions, including the decision to use the abortion pill, should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider.

What happens if someone who is not pregnant takes the medicines?

Taking the medicines when not pregnant will not harm your health. However, you may still experience common side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a low-grade fever for up to 24 hours.

Can I have an abortion if I have an IUD?

If you have an intrauterine device (IUD), it is generally recommended to have it removed before using the medicines for abortion. However, if the doctor decides against removing it, you can still proceed with a medical abortion as it has not been proven to increase complications.

Can I remove my IUD at home?

It is recommended to have a nurse or doctor remove your IUD. While IUD removal is typically a straightforward process, there is a slight risk of self-harm if you attempt to remove it yourself.

Although complications during IUD removal are very rare, such as the IUD being embedded or displaced, a nurse or doctor will have the expertise to handle any potential issues safely. Therefore, it is best to seek assistance from a healthcare professional for IUD removal.

Could I be having an ectopic pregnancy?

If a woman has an ectopic pregnancy, there is no evidence to suggest that undergoing a medical abortion treatment will lead to unusual complications. 

However, it is important to note that certain symptoms may indicate the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy, including increasing abdominal or pelvic pain, cramping on one side of the pelvis, small amounts of unusual vaginal bleeding, breast soreness, nausea, and lower back pain.

I’m experiencing little or no blood loss. Did the treatment work?

If you have undergone the treatment and are not experiencing significant bleeding, it is important to consider the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy or a continuing pregnancy. In such cases, it is advisable to have an ultrasound for further evaluation. 

If you encounter complications such as fever, lightheadedness, or severe abdominal pain, it is crucial to seek immediate medical assistance.

When will bleeding begin, and what is the expected duration?

After using Misoprostol, expect bleeding and cramps to start within four hours, but sometimes later. Other side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and hot flashes may occur shortly after taking it. 

The heaviest bleeding usually occurs 2-5 hours after use and diminishes within 24 hours. Cramping and bleeding may last for 3-5 hours, and some women may experience heavy bleeding and pass clots for up to 48 hours, which is normal. 

The bleeding may continue lightly for one to three weeks after the abortion, and the normal menstrual period typically returns after four to six weeks.

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Kruse, Beth, Suzanne Poppema, Mitchell D. Creinin and Maureen Paul. (2000) Management of side effects and complications in medical abortion. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 183(2):S65-S75.

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