Is the abortion pill the same as RU-486?

Where can you have a safe abortion in Bahrain?

Where can you have a safe abortion in Bahrain? Government hospitals, designated private doctors and gynecologists, and non-profit providers such as the Neo clinic in Bahrain, offer safe and legal termination of pregnancy.

What about ectopic pregnancy?

Waiting until the 6th week and getting an ultrasound is also essential in order to rule out ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when the baby is growing outside the uterus, in the fallopian tubes. Medical providers usually consider it a medical emergency because the tubes cannot stretch enough to accommodate the new life. Therefore, there is a risk of tubal rupture, which could cause severe infection and even death of the woman. It’s important to know that the abortion pill cannot terminate an ectopic pregnancy. Read more about ectopic pregnancy here.

At Lifeline, we offer no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasounds that can help confirm that the pregnancy is located in the uterus where it should be.

How can you access the service?

  • Your referral letter (if relevant).
  • Any medication you are taking.
  • Your clinic/hospital card if you have previously registered at the facility.

Or to the appropriate health care facility near you with a referral letter and a booking.

What is the timeline for taking the abortion pill?

The abortion pill may be taken up until the 11th week of pregnancy. As for how early a woman can take it, waiting until the 6th week of pregnancy is often required.  Sonographers can also clearly confirm pregnancy on an ultrasound at 6 weeks.

Abortion methods

If you’re considering going for an abortion, speak to a nursing practitioner about the safest methods available to you.


Medical Abortions

Medical abortions use medication (pills or tablets) only. A patient will take 2 different medicines to end the pregnancy. Within 4 to 6 hours of taking the second tablet, pain and bleeding will follow, and then loss of pregnancy. A woman may experience symptoms similar to a miscarriage.

Surgical Abortions

Surgical abortions are performed by registered nurses (up to 12 weeks of pregnancy) or doctors (from 12 to 20 weeks).  The woman will be able to go home after a couple of hours once her vital signs are normal.


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