RU486 (aka the ‘Abortion Pill’) is a combination of two synthetic drugs (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) that work together to cause an early abortion. Mifepristone, the pill taken on day 1, blocks a hormone necessary to sustain pregnancy after the egg has been fertilized. Misoprostol, taken on day 3, causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo.
- Painful uterine contractions (cramping)
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Heavy bleeding that can last 8-10 days
An RU486 induced abortion takes 2 weeks: 3 days to administer the medications and a follow up on day 14 to confirm whether or not the abortion has been completed. If it has not, there could be birth defects and possible surgery.
RU486 should not be used if it has been more than 7 weeks since your last menstrual period (or about 5 weeks since conception).
Manual Vacuum Aspiration
This method is used 3-12 weeks after conception. Local anesthesia is used on the cervix and it is dilated. A hollow tube with a knife-edged tip is inserted into the womb. The tube is then connected to a vacuum suction. The fetus and placenta are then sucked through the tube and discarded.
Dilation and Evacuation
Dilation and Evacuation (aka ‘D&E’) is used in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy (past 16 weeks). This is a 2-step procedure. First, the cervix is enlarged with Laminaria (a type of seaweed) and surgical instruments facilitate dilation and labor. In the second step, a local anesthetic (or general anesthesia) is used and the physician removes the fetus with forceps and vacuum aspiration.
At 16 weeks the baby’s sex is apparent, the baby’s skeleton is developing bones and the baby’s movements are becoming coordinated.
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We do not refer or provide for abortion services.Sources:
RU486-The Abortion Pill by Dawn Stacey M.Ed., LMHC