The Abortion Pill
Also Known as RU-486 or Medical Abortion
Gestational Age: Within 10 weeks
Typical Cost of Abortion Pill in Illinois: $450-$700
Abortion Pill Procedure
The abortion pill is a form of induced abortion caused by the combination of two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol. According to the FDA, the use of the abortion pill is approved for use only if a woman is within 70 days of the first day of her last menstrual period.
The FDA approved regimen 1 for RU486 is a three-visit process:
- Mifepristone is given orally during the first office visit (600 mg). Mifepristone blocks progesterone from sustaining the pregnancy causing the pregnancy to end.
- Misoprostol tablets are given orally (400 mcg) during the second office visit which occurs 36-48 hours later. The patient will then return home where the misoprostol will cause cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus. This may occur within a few hours or up to two weeks after taking misoprostol.
- A physical exam is given two weeks later to ensure the abortion is complete and there are no immediate complications. If the abortion pill fails to induce an abortion, a surgical abortion is needed.
When used appropriately, mifepristone and misoprostol are 95-97% effective within two weeks. 2
Are you considering the abortion pill? Schedule an appointment for a free Pre-Termination Evaluation at White Oak Women’s Center to find out if you qualify for the abortion pill and to learn about your other options.
More Information about Abortion
- What is Abortion
- The Abortion Pill – First Trimester, before 10 weeks
- First Trimester Surgical Abortion – 6 to 12 weeks
- Second Trimester Surgical Abortion – 13 weeks to point of viability
- Abortion Costs
- After Abortion Care
- IL Abortion Law
- Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm111323.htm ↩
- The Abortion Pill: Medical Abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.fwhc.org/abortion/medical-ab.htm ↩