A Medical Abortion is a non-surgical termination of your pregnancy which can be done between 5 weeks and 10 weeks per the standard of the National Abortion Federation. Our medical abortion program is one of the most affordable in the Metro Atlanta Area.
The medical abortion procedure involves taking a medication called Mifeprex or RU-486. Mifeprex works by blocking progesterone a naturally occurring hormone necessary for the pregnancy to continue. The Physician will administer the medication to you at the facility. 24 to 48 hours after taking the medication you will take another medication, Misoprostol, which is a prostaglandin that will cause the uterus to contract. You will be required to return to Atlanta Center for Women's Choice two weeks after completion of the medical abortion medications for a check-up to make certain the pregnancy has been successfully terminated.
This method of pregnancy termination has been found to be 95% and 98% effective. 1% of women will have a continuing pregnancy, and approximately 2%-5% of women will have an incomplete abortion. In these few cases the Physician will prescribe another round of Misoprostol and have you return in a week to follow-up. In some cases, a D&C may have to be performed (though rare) and there will be no additional charge for the patient. This is only required per the Physician’s recommendation.
The Medical Abortion procedure is not for every woman, however it allows the patient to complete the pregnancy termination in the privacy of her home with 24 hour access to our On-Call RN should any problems or concerns arise.
“Be prepared to experience cramping and bleeding which may last for several hours, possibly more after taking the pill.”
What can I expect during and after a Medical Abortion?
At Atlanta Center for Women's Choice your first step to having a medical abortion or abortion pill will be to have a sonogram. The sonogram will determine the number of weeks pregnant you are (6-10) weeks for a medical abortion
- After your sonogram you will go to the Lab for routine lab work
- After your lab work has been completed you will be seen by an experienced Medical Abortion Counselor who will discuss your understanding to have an abortion by pill. She will review your consent, review the prescriptions you will be given and how and when to take the medications.
- Answer any questions you have about the medical abortion.
- You will be given ALL instructions in writing along with Atlanta Center for Women's Choice’s On-Call RN’s direct number available 24/7 if you have any concerns after taking the abortion pill.
Special Note to our patients:
Expect to experience significant bleeding and cramping after taking the second medication which you will receive from the Nurse or Doctor.
Allow yourself some private time to relax, and have someone you trust at least a phone call away or with you if you chose to offer support should you need anything.
Have a supply of your favorite snacks, catch up on movies you have missed or TV series you’ve missed and catch up while you relax.
On hand you should have a heating pad (great for cramping relief), a good supply of maxi pads and be SURE and fill your prescriptions for pain relief.
Remember, your follow-up visit is essential to your recovery. Call us within the week after you take the abortion pill to schedule your follow up. There is no charge for this visit.