Category: Is Mifegymiso right for me?

Is Mifegymiso right for me?

Is Mifegymiso right for me? This is tough to say. It depends on your individual situation, and what your priorities are. There are pros and cons to any abortion procedure. Here are some things to consider when deciding if Mifegymiso is right for you:

  • Some people prefer medical abortions because you can do it earlier on in a pregnancy, it can feel more private, and you can do all or part of it at home or some other place you feel comfortable.
  • There is a small chance that the process may take a few days or weeks to complete. There is also a small chance that mifegymiso may not be entirely effective, in which case, a surgical abortion is usually required.

What’s the appointment like?

That depends on where you go to get it. As an example, The Bay Centre for Birth Control in Toronto breaks it down into 2 appointments.

The first appointment is similar to what you’d do for any other abortion procedure. You usually talk to someone about how you’re feeling about getting an abortion, as well as getting information on the procedure, aftercare, and any potential risks or side effects. They then do some tests, usually blood work and STI testing, and then run an ultrasound. You then take the mifepristone with the clinician if you’d like, or you can take the prescription to a pharmacy and do it on your own.

Your second appointment is usually a week or 2 later after you’ve taken the 4 misoprostol tablets. They’ll often do a blood test and an exam to make sure you’re not pregnant and that everything else in the procedure went well.

How Can I Get It mifegymiso?

Mifegymiso can be recommended for people who are up to 9 weeks pregnant. You can only get it with a prescription.  This can come from any clinician who has taken the training to administer the drug. This could be from a dedicated abortion provider, some sexual health care providers, and potentially even your family doctor.

You can take your prescription to any pharmacy that carries the pill. You will still need to schedule a follow-up appointment with the clinician who wrote you the prescription.

How much does it cost?

Currently, Mifegymiso is free in Ontario if you have OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan). Mifegymiso is also free in B.C., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Alberta. There is partial coverage for some residents or limited locations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan Manitoba, the PEI, and Newfoundland, and Labrador.

What is Mifegymiso?

Mifegymiso, also known as Mifepristone in other places in the world, is a medical abortion drug you take orally. It can be used to end pregnancies of up to 9 weeks. (If you are more than 9 weeks pregnant, you will likely need to look into other abortion methods: Link).

Mifegymiso is a package that contains two drugs:

  1. Mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from continuing, and
  2. Misoprostol which expels the pregnancy tissue.

Mifegymiso comes in a box with one mifepristone tablet, and 4 misoprostol. First, you take the one mifepristone tablet. About 24-48 hours later you take the 4 misoprostol tablets by putting them between your cheek and your gums and letting them dissolve. They should dissolve after half an hour. The pregnancy tissue generally releases within 24 hours.

Even though Canada just approved Mifegymiso, it’s been used in countries all over the world for years.

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