Basic information about medical abortion (abortion with pills)
What is a medical abortion?
Medical abortion is the termination of a pregnancy through the use of pills. The recommended types of medical abortion that are safe and effective are:
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How does medical abortion work?
Medical abortion causes a process like a miscarriage. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the combined use of the medicines mifepristone and misoprostol 1 because the combination has higher effectiveness and fewer side effects. When mifepristone is not available or accessible; then the… Read more »
Medical abortion has low risks.
Early medical abortion is extremely safe and effective. There is much less risk associated with any properly used modern methods of abortion, including medical abortion, than the risks associated with the continuation of pregnancy and delivery. Millions of women worldwide have safely and… Read more »
Medical abortion is highly effective.
The combination of Mifepristone with misoprostol is highly effective, safe and acceptable. A complete abortion (meaning that a woman will not need additional care) will occur up to 98% of the time if a woman is less than12 weeks pregnant. Read more »
Comparing different types of medical abortion methods.
Medical abortion using Mifepristone and Misoprostol for pregnancy ≤ 12 weeks Medical abortion using misoprostol alone for pregnancy ≤ 12 weeks Results in a complete abortion in 95-98%. 1,15 Results in a complete abortion in 84%. 12 The continuing pregnancy rate is extremely low Read more »
Comparing medical abortion and surgical abortion.
Medical abortion using Mifepristone and Misoprostol for pregnancy ≤ 12 weeks 2 Surgical abortion using vacuum aspiration for pregnancy ≤ 12 weeks 2 Can be used from 4 weeks LMP. May not be available before 7 weeks LMP. Resembles a natural miscarriage. It’s a surgical procedure Read more »
How late in a pregnancy can medical abortion be used? How early?
The World Health Organization has published evidence that suggests that misoprostol alone, or in combination with mifepristone, are safe and effective through 12 weeks of pregnancy. After 12 weeks, it is recommended they are used under clinical care, as there is a higher chance of a complication… Read more »
Can I do a medical abortion at home?
Millions of women around the world have done safe medical abortions at home. This is the standard of care in countries that offers safe abortion services. Read more »