Abortion Non-Surgical Procedures Explained

Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraceptive) Explained

When is it used?

Within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.

How does it work?

The Morning-After Pill works in the same way as other hormonal methods of birth control, by suppressing ovulation. If ovulation has already occurred, the drugs work by making the uterus inhospitable to the embryo, preventing implantation and causing the embryo to be expelled (aborted). The drug also interferes with the natural movement of the sperm through cervical mucus changes.

How effective is it?

Your risk of becoming pregnant during your most fertile days (halfway between two menstrual periods) is as high as 30%. Using the Morning-After Pill decreases your chance of becoming pregnant by about 75%. It is not 100% effective because, if ovulation has already occurred, implantation of a fertilized ovum may not be prevented.

What is involved?

One pill taken within 3 days.

What are the health risks and side effects?

Common side effects are nausea and vomiting. Health risks include increased risk of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, which can be life threatening.

What main chemicals are used?

High doses of estrogen/progestin pills (oral contraceptives).

Should I come in for a pregnancy test?

Yes, you should follow up with a pregnancy test 7–10 days after using the morning after pill to determine if you are pregnant.

Ella Explained

When is it used?

It may be taken up to 5 days or 120 hours after unprotected sex.

How does it work?

Ella is an emergency contraceptive that works in several ways. ella can prevent ovulation, it can change the cervical mucus so that the sperm cannot reach the egg, and it can prevent implantation of the already fertilized egg in the uterus to prevent the pregnancy from continuing.  In a pregnancy which has already implanted it can also work like RU 486 by blocking progesterone and causing the uterus to degrade so that an embryo that is already implanted will not get what it needs and will terminate.

What is involved?

One pill that is taken orally up to 5 days after unprotected sex or known contraceptive failure.

What are the health risks and side effects?

Common side effects include headache, nausea, abdominal pain, tiredness, dizziness, or painful menstrual periods.  Severe lower abdominal pain needs to be reported to your doctor immediately.

What main chemicals are used?

Ulipristal acetate which is similar to the medication in RU- 486 or the abortion pill.

Should I come in for a pregnancy test?

Yes, you should follow up with a pregnancy test 7–10 days after using the morning after pill to determine if you are pregnant.

RU 486 (Medical Abortion) Explained

What main chemicals are used?

Mifepristone (RU486) and Misoprostol (prostaglandin).

When is it used?

FDA has approved Mifepristone for use up to 70 days from the beginning of your last menstrual period.

How does it work?

Upon taking the drug, the uterine lining softens and breaks down, causing the pre-born to be expelled from the uterus. In most cases (95%), these contractions begin within 1–4 hours and the pre-born, tissue, and blood will come out of your vagina within 24 hours. About 12 days later, the doctor will need to examine you to make sure you are no longer pregnant.

What is involved?

You will take a single oral dose (3 pills or 600 mg) of Mifepristone. If the abortion does not occur within 2 days, you will need to return to the clinic and take another drug called Misoprostol, which causes the uterus to contract.

How effective is it?

In a U.S. clinical study, 5–8% of women using the Mifepristone/Misoprostol combination failed to result in a chemical abortion, and a surgical abortion was recommended.

Abortion Pill Reversal Explained

Some women regret their decision after they have taken the first does of RU-486. If you regret this decision there is a protocol in place that may enable you to continue your pregnancy. There is a hotline number which will director you to a provider in your area who will be able to prescribe medication that can reverse the effects of the first medication in the abortion pill process.

We know that an unplanned pregnancy can be scary and many women make decisions to abort their babies when they are terrified and stressed. We know that after some time thinking about it, many women would like to change their minds about a chemical abortion.

It may not be too late if you call quickly. You will be able to discuss all of your questions with a nurse who is on call to help you.

Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline: 1-877-558-0333

You may get more information at abortionpillreversal.com