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Medical Abortion RU486

Abortion Pill: RU486, Medical Abortion

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The Abortion Pill, also known as the French abortion pill or RU-486, as an alternative to the surgical abortion procedure. The abortion pill method is available up to 10 weeks.

Two medicines are used to complete the abortion. The first medication, Mifeprex, is given by mouth and causes the hormone an the pregnancy to stop from growing. The second medication, Misoprostol, is also giving by mouth and causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy.

The abortion pill requires three clinic visits on three separate days. On the first visit, you would complete the state-mandated counseling and our physician and counselors will answer any questions you may have about the process.

On the second visit, you would sign your consent papers, meet with the physician, and swallow the Mifeprex pills. You would receive Misoprostol tablets to take home for oraly use in 24 hours later. You would also receive detailed instructions and pain medications.

With the abortion pill, you could expect cramping, heavy bleeding, and clots. The process can last anywhere from 4 to 12 hours and in some cases it may take up to 48 hours.

At the third visit, 7-10 days, you would need a follow-up ultrasound to make sure that you've passed the pregnancy and are no longer pregnant.

If you have a problem or an emergency during or after this process, you would need to speak with our on-call medical staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Comparison of Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill) vs. Surgical Abortion


Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill)
Must be 10 weeks or earlier from last menstrual period (LMP)
The woman controls the abortion
Requires 3 visits to the clinic
Complications are rare
May take several hours to a few days to complete
Bleeding is heavy with clots and cramping
Non-invasive, as medications cause the abortion
No activity restrictions

Considerations for abortion pill:

a. Living arrangements/support person(s)

b. Work/school schedules

c. Travel/vacation plans

d. Parenting responsibilities

e. Ability to swallow a large pill

f. You may have issues that prevent you from taking the abortion pill. 

Surgical Abortion
Beyond 10 weeks, surgical abortion is the only option
The physician performs surgery
Requires 2 visits to the clinic
Requires a pelvic examination on surgery day
Complications are rare
Surgery completed in one day
Bleeding is light to moderate with few clots and some cramping
Invasive procedure, as instruments are within the uterus
Activity restrictions for 2 weeks

Considerations for Surgical:

a.Living arrangements/support person(s)

b. Work/school schedules

c. Travel/vacation plans

d. Parenting responsibilities

e. You may have issues that prevent you from having a surgical procedure

three ladies


"I'm a recent patient of Eastland Women's Clinic. Considering the situation, I was treated so kind. The staff was very polite and helpful. Unfortunately, due to my recent job loss, I was not able to afford the abortion at other clinics I had called. The staff was extremely helpful with financial assistance and gave me information to explore other financial means. Without their help, I would have not been able to afford my abortion."

"I was here January 31, 2015 from waiting room to recovery, the office was VERY clean. The staff from start to finish was very professional, understanding, helpful and compassionate. It was a organized and timely process. I would highly recommend EASTLAND WOMEN'S CLINIC. "

" give Eastland Women's Clinic 5 plus stars. They have a wonderful, friendly, understanding staff..."

"The facility took my awful situation and turned it into a positive and encouraging new beginning. .."

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