RU-486, or commonly known as the Abortion Pill, is an FDA-approved medical abortion allowed until 10 weeks gestation.

The first medication taken is mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone from reaching the baby and thus ends the pregnancy.

The second step involves taking misoprostol 24-48 hours later, which begins the process of emptying your uterus. Expect heavy bleeding and strong cramping, and it could take anywhere from several hours to a few days for your uterus to empty as you pass bodily tissue and clots.

Be aware that there is a 2-8% failure rate of the Abortion Pill, and you should follow up with your physician following this protocol to determine the completion of the abortion. There is a risk of infection involved, which means that post-procedure follow-up is very important to ensure your health and well-being.


Possible Side Effects:

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever

  • Light lactation

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Possible Risks:

  • Allergic reaction

  • Infection

  • Blood clots

  • Heavier bleeding than anticipated

  • A continued pregnancy


Here are some statistics from the FDA regarding adverse side effects from 2000-2018:

  • Deaths: 24

  • Ectopic pregnancies undiscovered before taking mifepristone: 97

  • Total cases with any adverse event: 4,195

  • Hospitalizations (excluding deaths): 1,042

  • Blood loss requiring transfusions: 599

  • Infections: 412

  • Severe infections: 69

Informational source found HERE, as well as other considerations to make if you are considering a medical abortion and would like to know more about its possible effects.

Please note that First Choice Health Services does NOT refer for abortions or provide them here in this clinic. However, registered nurses are
more than willing to sit down with you to discuss your pregnancy outcome options, including abortion and the related risks and considerations.