Medical abortion uses medication to end a pregnancy that is less than 11 weeks gestation. Unlike a surgical abortion, a medical abortion doesn’t require any anesthesia or surgery. A medical abortion can be done in the comfort of your home.
What Is Medical Abortion?
Medical abortion is a procedure that uses two different oral medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end a pregnancy. Patients take mifepristone first, then misoprostol 24 - 48 hours later. The procedure is a well tested protocol that is 95% safe and effective. Both medications are FDA approved and safe and effective for ending a pregnancy within the first eleven weeks of the first trimester of pregnancy.
Who Is A Not Good Candidate For Medical Abortion?
You aren’t a good candidate for medical abortion if you:
- Are too far along in your pregnancy
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place
- Have an ectopic pregnancy (your pregnancy is suspected to be outside your uterus)
- Have certain medical conditions
- Take a blood thinner
- Can’t adhere to the required schedule of dosing
- Have an allergy to mifepristone or misoprostol
How Does Medical Abortion Work In Our Office?
Medical abortion requires two appointments. While some offices allow appointments to be virtual, we require the first one to be in-office. The second appointment with us can be in-office, over the phone, or on a video call.
During your first office visit, which will be in our office, you will meet with Dr. Liu, have a pelvic exam, and review detailed information explaining the dosing as well as expected course and possible side effects. We’ll supply you with the mifepristone and misoprostol needed to complete treatment, and we’ll give you additional medications to help with the side effects of nausea and cramping. You’ll take your dose of mifepristone as soon as possible, which may include during your office visit. You’ll take misoprostol 24 - 48 hours later.
Your follow up appointment will be 7 days later, or less, to ensure you are feeling well and that the medication was effective.
The treatment costs $350, which includes the consultation, medications, and support. If you have concerns with affording this, let us know and we can help you find support from a growing number of sources working to bring down the cost of medical abortions for everyone. We want to do our best to make reproductive healthcare as accessible as possible.