The Abortion Pill, known as R.U. 486 can only be used in the first 4-6 weeks of pregnancy. This is NOT Emergency Contraception, or the Morning-After Pill.
How it works:
A pill ( a drug ) is given that stops the baby from growth. It blocks the hormones from the placenta, so that the baby will detach from the womb. This will cause an end to the pregnancy. A second drug is given that will cause the womb to contract and expel the baby and the placenta. A follow up visit with your doctor is required to make sure that the abortion is complete, and that the woman’s body is healing correctly.
Possible Side Effects:
- Excessive Bleeding: A small amount of bleeding is common, but heavy bleeding may require further medical attention.
- Incomplete Abortion: All of the fetus or placenta was not removed during the abortion. Further medical attention will be needed.
- Internal Infection: Bacteria from the vagina may enter the womb and cause an infection. The risk of infection is increased if a woman has a current untreated STD. Treatment may include antibiotics, surgery, or hospitalization.
- Painful Cramps: Severe cramping may occur.
- Allergic Reaction to Medication