Category: What is the abortion pill?

What is the abortion pill?

What is the abortion pill? The abortion pill is a safe way to end an early pregnancy. It is a combination of two medications – mifepristone and misoprostol. You can have an early medical abortion (EMA) using an abortion pill up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

Early abortion  pills treatment process

The first tablet is called Mifepristone and is taken orally (swallowed with water).  Mifepristone works by blocking the action of progesterone, a hormone needed to maintain the pregnancy.

The second stage of treatment is 4-6 Misoprostol tablets. 4 tablets should be either inserted into the vagina or in the mouth against the gum (buccal). These contain a hormone called prostaglandin. Prostaglandins occur naturally in the body and help the uterus to contract. If there is no bleeding after four hours the 2 remaining tablets should be used.

Acting together, the combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol will bring on an abortion.

What can you expect when taking a medical abortion pill at home?

Below, we have highlighted how the process works, helping you to understand the process and navigate through this uncertain time.

  1. Contact  Dr Neo by calling  +27638167664 or via our contact form.
  2. A member of staff will arrange an appointment via phone call within the next couple of days at a time suitable to you. During this conversation, a full assessment of your situation will take place. This will involve taking a full medical history, dates of your last period etc. We will also conduct a full safeguarding assessment to ensure that you are safe. At the end of the consultation, we should determine if you are suitable to take the pills at home.
  3. You are then able to choose whether you want the medication posted to your home address or if you want to pick this up from one of our clinics, This option is available too.

Potential side effects

All women react differently to this treatment. Some have heavy bleeding and quite a lot of pain, while others have very little bleeding and mild pain. Most women are in between the two, however, it is important to remember that this is not a completely pain-free procedure.

You may experience the following:

  • Nausea or sickness
  • A feeling of light-headedness
  • Feeling feverish
  • High temperature
  • Diarrhoea

When will I need to pay?

Before your treatment:

If you have booked a medical pre-assessment over the phone, you will need to pay for the assessment fee only before we call you back to conduct the assessment

If you’re having a face-to-face pre-assessment or scan and treatment altogether in England, then the overall treatment price will be payable when you arrive at a Marie Stopes UK centre

Also, If you have a face-to-face pregnancy counselling appointment at one of the organisations mentioned above, you don’t have to pay for a pre-assessment

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