Facts about the abortion pill:
- It’s called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000; it is also called a medical or chemical abortion.
- The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken in two separate doses.
- It can cost anywhere between $300-$800
- Some insurance companies cover a portion of the cost.
- It is usually taken between 4-6 weeks but can be taken up to 11 weeks in most cases.
- It is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.
- The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B One Step.
- Abortion pill reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose.
Potential risks of the abortion pill include but are not limited to:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- Heavy or prolonged bleeding
- Infection or septic shock
- Digestive system pain or discomfort
- Heavy cramping
- Nausea or vomiting
Before you schedule a chemical abortion, you first need an ultrasound to verify how far along you are. With several abortion methods available today, how far along you are will determine what is available and how much it will cost. Learn more about the pill, how it works, and talk to a nurse about your medical history.