If you just took the abortion pill and are rethinking your decision, you are not alone. Many women regret taking the abortion pill for a host of reasons.
There is hope—especially if you have only taken the first dose of a medication abortion, it is still possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. Keep reading to find out what you need to know.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
Medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill method, is actually a two-medication process, using the drugs mifepristone (also known by its name brand, Mifeprex) and misoprostol.
The first dose, mifepristone, works to stop a pregnancy from progressing—from implanting in the uterus and continuing to grow—by blocking the production of the pregnancy hormone progesterone.
The second dose, misoprostol, causes the uterus to contract and expel the fetus and any remaining pregnancy tissue through the vaginal canal.
It is important to note that while the abortion pill method is more readily accessible than other abortion methods, there are serious risks involved with a medication abortion, including heavy and prolonged bleeding, incomplete abortion, infection, and more.
Can You Reverse the Effects of the Abortion Pill?
If you’ve only taken the first dose of the abortion pill method—mifepristone—the short answer is yes! It is possible to stop the effectiveness of mifepristone through immediate medical intervention.
Timing is key in possibly reversing the effects of a medication abortion, ideally within 24 hours of taking the first dose. However, there have also been success stories of abortion pill reversals started within 72 hours.
What Is Involved With Abortion Pill Reversal?
The abortion pill reversal process relies heavily on the use of progesterone, a pregnancy hormone that has been used successfully in pregnancy treatments for nearly 50 years.
Under a doctor’s care, a patient will receive a large dosage of progesterone to counteract the effects of mifepristone. Since mifepristone works to block areas in the uterus where progesterone would be absorbed in a woman’s body, extra progesterone in her system can outcompete the drug for available binding spaces.
This process is very safe and possibly even safer than stopping in the middle of the abortion pill process and practicing a “wait and see” method. On its own, without the second dose of the abortion pill method, Mifepristone has a 25% survival rate; with the introduction of progesterone, the chances of reversing the abortion pill increase to a 64 – 68% success rate on average.
Find Abortion Pill Reversal Care Now
If you regret your choice to take the first abortion pill and want to take it back, it’s not too late—you are not alone and help is available to you.
Trust your gut and contact the Abortion Pill Rescue Network at 1-877-558-0333 to get connected with a local provider and begin the abortion pill reversal process as soon as possible.
You are not alone! If you’d like to talk to someone about your pregnancy options and receive a free viability ultrasound from caring medical professionals, schedule your appointment with the Women’s Clinics Maryland today.