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abortion pills

Emergency Contraception: Morning After Pill

(Plan B/After Pill/Take Action/My Way/Next Choice)

Before taking Emergency Contraception (EC), you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you've had a positive pregnancy test and educate you on your choices.

What is it?

Emergency Contraception (EC) is commonly known as the "morning after pill".  It is a large dose of oral contraceptive. Brands of EC are Plan B, After Pill, Take Action, My Way or Next Choice.  The EC pill is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours of intercourse and the second 12 hours later. It is NOT the same as RU-486.

How Does it Work

Pills like Plan B are believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.

Things to consider

* Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.

* EC does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

* The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and menstrual changes.

* The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.

Source: Manufacturer's Prescribing Information for Plan B ( Levonorgestrel ) tablets, 0.75 mg. Mfg. by Gedeo Richter, Ltd. Budapest, Hungary for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pomona, NY 10970. Revised Feb 2004. BR-038/21000382503  


Abortion Pill/RU486/Mifeprex

Before taking RU486, or Abortion pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you've had a positive pregnancy test and educate you on your choices.

What is it?

RU-486, also known as "the abortion pill" is actually a combination of two drugs--mifepristone and misoprostol--that cause early abortion.  It should not be used if it has been more than 10 weeks or 70 days or less since your last period. It is NOT the same as the the "morning after pill."

How Does It Work?

The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. Based on the physician's instructions the second pill, misoprostol, can be taken orally or may be inserted into the vagina 24 to 72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.

Things to Consider

* An Ru-46 abortion requires 3 visits to a health care provider.

* The FDA encourages a follow up visit with a healthcare provider 7-14 days after taking the abortion pill.

* Most medical abortions using mifepristone are completed within 2 weeks, but some can take up to 3 or even 4 weeks.

* Side effects include heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and cramping.

* If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required.

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, Issue Update: Mifepristone: An Early Abortion Option.: July 2001. Mifeprex Medicaton Guide, Daco Laboratories, LLC, revised 7/19/05


abortion education

If you are thinking about abortion please contact us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Methods of Abortions

RU486, Mifepristone: (Abortion Pill)-- Within 4 to 7 weeks after LMp

This drug is only approved for use in women up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period. The procedure ususally requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause death of the developing baby. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the developing baby. The last visit is a follow up ultrasound to determine if the procedure has been completed. RU486 will not work in the case of a ectopic pregnancy. This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the developing baby lodges outside the uterus, usuallly in the fallopian tubes. If not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman. 

Manual Vacuum Apiration: up to 7 weeks after last menstrual period (LMP)

This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman's last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the developing baby is suctioned out.

Suction Crettage: between 6 to 14 weeks after LMP

This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus' body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. ( The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the "products of conception.")

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): between 13 to 24 weeks after LMP

This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy. At this point in pregnancy, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and will not pass through the suction tubing. In this procedure, the cervix must be opened wider than the first trimester abortion. This is done by inserting numerous thin rods made of seaweed a day or two before the abortion. Once the cervix is stretched open the doctor pulls out the fetal parts with forceps. The fetus' skull is crushed to ease removal. A sharp tool (called a curette) is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue. Abortion is not just a simple procedure, it may have many side effects. 

Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotion and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences. Please contact our center so that you can make an informed decision. Our center offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however we do not offer or refer for abortion services.