The Abortion Pill

With a medical abortion, a woman intentionally takes pills to terminate her pregnancy. A medical abortion could also be referred to as abortion pills, or at-home abortion. Medical abortions can only be performed up until 10 weeks of pregnancy (or 70 days after the first day of your last menstrual period). Healthcare providers often use ultrasounds to verify how far along a woman is in her pregnancy.

The process involves two medications. The first medication, mifepristone, interferes with progesterone receptors and prevents the pregnancy from developing. The second medication, misoprostol, causes the uterus to cramp and expel the pregnancy.

Depending on the gestational age, a healthcare provider will prescribe the right dosage for the misoprostol, and then provide instructions about how and when to take the medications.

Contraindications for medical abortions include a pregnancy over 10 weeks, an ectopic pregnancy, and other medical conditions. All women should speak with a healthcare provider before obtaining a medical abortion and receive education regarding the risks, warning signs, and possible complications.

Alternatives Medical Clinic provides free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds to help you make a pregnancy decision. We do not perform abortions or provide abortion referrals, but we provide education regarding the procedure, contraindications, and possible complications. Our medical team wants to empower you to make an informed decision about your pregnancy.

Request an appointment today or call us at 760-273-3878.

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