Abortion pills may seem like the easy answer to an unplanned pregnancy: take a combination of two drugs and end your pregnancy. Other names for this type of abortion are self-managed abortion, at-home abortion, or self-induced abortion.
But what if you take the first of the two drugs and then change your mind? No one can make you complete a chemical abortion against your wishes, including your parents or boyfriend.
As soon as possible, go to visit the abortion pill reversal website or call the helpline at (877) 558-0333. Their staff are available 24/7 and can talk you through all your options. It may not be too late to halt the chemical abortion. These steps include finding a local healthcare provider that can administer medication to stop the effects of the first pill. This is a timely, crucial first step.
Second, do not take the second drug. The first pill, mifepristone, is prescribed by a doctor within the first seven to ten weeks of pregnancy and is given at an office visit. This drug blocks the effects of progesterone – a natural hormone that women produce that provides the essential nutrients needed to sustain the developing embryo. The second drug, misoprostol, is taken at home 6-48 hours later and causes cramping and bleeding in order to empty the uterus.
A chemical abortion may be reversed after taking mifepristone and before misoprostol. The chemical abortion can not be reversed after taking misoprostol.
If you are having second thoughts about taking abortion pills, consider the steps above before completing the procedure.
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