How the Abortion Pill Works
Mifepristone is also known as the abortion pill or RU-486 and is prescribed by a doctor within the first seven to ten weeks of pregnancy. Most women don’t really know how it works. Many physicians will tell you that mifepristone is a “light procedure”; or is “relatively quick” and “easy.” That is not always the case. It isn’t light, quick, or easy.
Mifepristone is a drug that blocks the effects of progesterone—a hormone your body needs to grow a healthy baby.
Mifepristone blocks the nurturing effects of progesterone which leads to the death of the developing baby.
The procedure is unsuccessful in approximately 5-10% of the time with the potential of requiring an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination.
A woman considering medical abortion should also read up on the many side effects and risks of mifepristone and misoprostol.
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