What is the abortion pill?
It's a non-surgical way to end an early pregnancy by taking medications. At All Women's Care, we only dispense these medications in the FDA-approved manner. All Women's Care is not involved in any clinical or experimental trials.
How do these medications work?
Two medications are used to complete a medical abortion. Mifepristone (RU 486, Mifiprex) is a medication that blocks progesterone, the hormone necessary to maintain a pregnancy. After a consultation with the doctor, lab work to determine blood type and blood count, and a sonogram to determine how far along your pregnancy is, this medication is given orally at our office on the first day. The second medication, Misoprostol, is taken at home 2 days later. This medication causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. Most women expel the pregnancy within 24 hours of taking this medication. Rh-negative women will also receive Rhogam.
What should I expect?
Most women describe the process as a very heavy period with a lot of cramping. This, however, varies greatly among patients depending on the gestational age of the pregnancy and their previous obstetrical experiences. You will have a full consultation with the doctor and one of our counselors concerning this at the time of your visit.
How do I decide which is method is best for me?
Every woman is different in her expectations, needs and tolerance levels. The best thing to do is review all the information thoroughly. Our staff will be able to answer most of your questions when you make your appointment. After you meet with our doctor, he may tell you if he feels that the abortion pill is not right for you. Most of all be honest with yourself. Once you have all the facts you will be able to choose the method that is best for you.
How successful is the abortion pill?
At All Women's Care, over 3000 patients have chosen medical abortion with a greater than 98% success rate. If treatment fails, however, a surgical procedure is usually required. Therefore, if you choose the abortion pill you must be willing to have a surgical abortion if necessary.
How do I know it worked?
When you come to our office for your first visit, you will be given an appointment for a 2 week follow-up. A sonogram will be done at that visit to make sure that the medical abortion is complete and that your uterus has returned to its normal appearance.
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