Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill)

June 6th, 2014

The medical abortion is a non-surgical option available to women who are no more than ten weeks into the pregnancy (dating from the first day of the last normal menstrual period). It is a safe and effective method of ending pregnancy using a combination of medications. The Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health offers Mifeprex (mifepristone) in combination with Misoprostol. Mifeprex (previously known as RU-486) is a progesterone hormone blocker that causes changes in the uterine lining, and stops the development of the pregnancy. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. Both medications must be taken to complete the abortion process and avoid complications.

The combination of 200mg of oral Mifeprex, followed in 24-48 hours by 800mcg of Misoprostol bucally, is an evidence-based treatment regimen that has been proven more effective and to cause fewer side effects than the regimen approved by the FDA. Studies show this regimen to be approximately 98% effective up to the 49th day of pregnancy (7 weeks), approximately 95% effective up to the 56th and 63rd day of pregnancy (8 and 9 weeks) and about 92% effective up to the 70th day of pregnancy (10 weeks).  Medical abortions beyond 49 days may be associated with a slightly higher rate of complications such as excessive bleeding, incomplete abortions, and ongoing pregnancy.

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