A medical abortion can have many names. At home abortion, medical abortion, chemical abortion, “period pills” and “self-managed abortion” all can be used to describe a procedure that intends to terminate a pregnancy while still at home.
An at home abortion, uses two drugs: Mifepristone (also known as RU-486) and Misoprostol (Cytotec and other trade names). The Mifepristone is generally given by a physician and the Misoprostol is taken at home. After taking the Misoprostol, a two week follow-up appointment is generally encouraged to confirm the procedure is complete.
If you are considering having an at-home abortion, we encourage you to seek to understand all of your options and the support that is available.
What are some of the risks of At-Home Abortion?
As with any medical procedure, at-home abortion does have risks to consider. Mayo Clinic lists the following as potential risks for medical abortion:
- Incomplete abortion, which may require a surgical abortion
- Ongoing pregnancy if the procedure fails
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
If following a procedure, you experience a foul-smelling vaginal odor, severe abdominal or back pain, or a fever lasting over 24-hours, medical attention is strongly advised.
If the abortion pill does not work, is there an additional charge to complete it surgically?
This is an important question to clarify with your specific abortion provider. Agape does not provide or refer for abortions.
Can anyone force me to have an abortion?
Under current U.S. law, the choice is yours. This means that it is illegal for anyone to try to force you to complete your chemical abortion. It is your choice to change your mind. If you have taken the first abortion pill, there may still be a way to save your pregnancy. Call (855) 209-4848 to learn more about the Abortion Pill Reversal Process.