How are abortion pills taken?

Abortion clinic in Magaliesburg

Women’s Clinic is a legalized Abortion Clinic in Magaliesburg, South Africa with other several branches offering Confidentially Medical Abortion using abortion pills with the help of medically approved pills only. Our main goal is to help ladies who might have several reasons as to why they can’t keep their babies and want to have an abortion, hence enabling women to have children by choice, not by chance.

How does a medical abortion work?

You can receive medical abortion treatment as soon as you find out you are pregnant, privately and discreetly. Two types of medications are used: Mifepristone (Mifeprex or RU-486) and Misoprostol (Cytotec) tablets. The first medication, Mifepristone, blocks the action of progesterone, a hormone needed to maintain pregnancy. The second medication, Misoprostol, causes the uterus to expel the products of conception. Both are tablets a patient takes by mouth (orally).

The medication works very early in pregnancy and allows you to avoid surgery. It is a non-invasive option; it involves no surgical instruments and anesthesia is unnecessary. After your initial visit to the clinic, the process can take place in the privacy of your own home, at a time right for you.

How much does an abortion with the abortion pill hurt?

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Just like with the abortion procedure, how much an abortion with the abortion pill hurts varies from person to person. It may last for several hours, as the abortion itself takes longer to be completed with the abortion pill than with the abortion procedure, which usually takes just a few minutes. You can take over-the-counter pain medications, or your provider may prescribe pain medication for you to take at home. In addition to pain medicine, you may find that using a heating pad reduces pain. Other techniques like breathing exercises and meditation can also help with pain.

For more help deciding between the pill and the procedure, check out our list of pros and cons for each abortion type.

When should you contact a healthcare provider after taking the abortion pill?

Your abortion provider should give you information about when and how to contact them after an abortion, but if they don’t, ask them for emergency contact information and for what things to watch out for.

You should always reach out to your provider if something doesn’t feel right to you after an abortion, or if you have questions or concerns. And you should definitely contact your abortion provider (or your regular health care provider) after taking the abortion pill if you experience:

  1. No bleeding yet, and it’s been 24 hours since you took the second medication (the one you take at home)
  2. Excessive bleeding (defined as soaking two pads per hour for two hours; keep in mind that bleeding may be heavy, and you may pass blood clots, though)
  3. Fever higher than 100.4 F
  4. Chills more than 24 hours after taking the second medication

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