The RU-486 Abortion Pill | 7 Facts Everyone Should Know.
The abortion pill is a combination therapy designed to induce a medical abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is an alternative approach to surgical abortion, recognized to be effective and safe.
It allows women to terminate their pregnancies in the privacy of their own home.
7 important facts about the abortion pill (RU-486):
1- It was approved as a drug for the first time, in 1988, by the French and Chinese authorities. In the 1990s, it gradually became available in Europe and the United States.
2- Medical termination of pregnancy can take place up to 14 weeks of gestation.
3- The RU-486 pill contains two drugs: Mifepristone and Misoprostol. The first drug prevents the production of progesterone, hormones essential for pregnancy, while the second causes the uterus to contract and the placenta and fetus to be pushed out.
4- It is 95-99% effective compared to 99% for surgical abortion.
5- Abortion usually occurs within 48 to 72 hours of taking misoprostol. It consists of lower abdominal pain that can be relieved with pain relievers, moderate to heavy bleeding for a few hours, then mild thereafter, and side effects of short duration.
6- Using Mifepristone and Misoprostol to terminate a current pregnancy will not cause birth defects in future pregnancies. The two abortion pills (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are quickly removed from the body and therefore have no effect on future pregnancies.
7- The use of misoprostol is possible during breast-feeding. The amount of misoprostol ingested through milk is very low: the child receives less than 0.2% of the maternal dose. Although there are no published data on infants breastfed by mothers treated with misoprostol, no specific events have been reported.
Choosing to terminate a pregnancy can lead to emotions and questions. Whatever one’s religious belief, unloading one’s conscience by taking responsibility for one’s act, sometimes with the help of a professional, allows the taboo and the suffering to be lifted.
The RU-486 abortion pill is a very important tool for women to have available in case of unwanted pregnancy.
It is important for everyone to remember that it is not the same as surgical abortion and can cause more physical side effects.
As with anything else, there are risks associated with taking the pill and it is important to seek out medical advice before deciding if this option is right for you.
Ultimately it comes down to making an educated choice that puts your wellbeing first. This is why we are committed to answering questions about the abortion pill and supporting people who will have to live or have already experienced an abortion.
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