Abortion Pill

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Chemical Abortion Pill

Ru-486, otherwise known as the Abortion Pill, can terminate an embryo up to 10 weeks gestation. It is considered a medical abortion (not surgical). The Ru-486 pill(s) is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step.

What you need to know: The abortion pill is not taken in a hospital. It is taken at home. Since heavy bleeding and cramping accompany it, it is important that you have someone with you in case of an emergency. Other symptoms during the process can include:

  • Mild fever and chills
  • Light lactation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and sometimes vomiting

Things to be aware of before taking ru-486 (the abortion pill):

  • Do not take if you are past the 10-week window.
  • Do not take if you are using an IUD.
  • Do not take if you have a blood clotting condition and/or you are taking blood-clotting medication.

Please contact your doctor or go the Emergency Room if you are experiencing any of these symptoms after taking the abortion pill:

  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Blood clots that occur for 2 hours or more.
  • Excessive bleeding (fills up more than 2 pads in an hour and happens for 2 hours or more).
  • A fever of 100.4F or higher.
  • Severe depression and/or suicidal thoughts.

If you are unsure, contact your doctor or go to the Emergency Room.

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