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Before taking RU-486, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Give us a call at (423) 892-0803 and make an appointment. Our nurse can confirm whether or not you are pregnant before you consider these drugs.

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 seven weeks since your last period. It is NOT the same as 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. The second pill, misoprostol, is 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-486 abortion requires three visits to a health care provider.
  • Side effects include heavy bleeding, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramping.
  • If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required.

Most medical abortions using mifepristone are completed within two weeks, but some can take up to three or even four weeks to fully physically recover. However, there is no time table for emotional or psychological recovery. If you or someone you know is suffering from Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS), please contact us. We provide free, confidential and non-judgmental counseling and support.

Send us a message or call 423-267-7943 to make an appointment for more information.

**Choices does not give out the abortion pill.** 

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, “Issue Update: Mifepristone: An Early Abortion Option,” July 2001. Mifeprex® Medication Guide, Danco Laboratories, LLC, revised 7/19/05

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