Medication is effective up to 63 days or 9 weeks into the pregnancy.
Mifegymiso (the Abortion Pill) is available through our clinic.
The abortion pill is sold in 55 countries and has been legal in France for over 25 years. If taken properly within 9 weeks days of insemination, the drug is proven to work 95 per cent effectively.
Often, the medical abortion process involves 3 visits to our clinic.
The first appointment can take about 30 minutes. We will organize all the investigations you need (ie. Blood work and ultrasound) and go over the medication (Mifegymiso) and answer all your questions. Bloodwork can be completed in our clinic and the ultrasound can be carried out on site at Thunder Bay Diagnostics.
The second appointment will be scheduled that fits your schedule as soon as the results of the bloodwork and ultrasound are available. At this second appointment, we will go over any questions you may have and prescribe the medication for you. We will also provide you with our direct phone number that you can text or call with any questions. We want to support you throughout this process so don’t hesitate to contact us!
The third visit is to confirm that the abortion has been successful; that you are feeling well; and to discuss birth control options for the future.
What to expect with Mifegymiso
You will take the first medication (mifepristone) by mouth as soon as possible. Most people have no real side effects or symptoms after taking this pill. Some might get a bit of bleeding – but that does not mean the process is complete. Once you have taken this pill, you must take the misoprostol as directed within the next 24 – 48 hours.
24-48 hours after taking the mifepristone – you will take the misoprostol tablets as directed (either against your cheek in your mouth or vaginally).
Within a few hours of taking the medication, you will probably start to have strong cramps and bleeding, similar to a heavy period.
Pain medicine or a heating pad can help with the cramps. You may also have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, or feel tired. These symptoms usually last a short time and stop on their own.
Call or text us at the number provided at your visit if you have any questions or concerns.
- Acetaminophen (tylenol),
- Ibuprofen (advil),
- Dimenhydrinate (Gravol),
- pads, and
- maybe a friend or support person.
Approximately 7 days after you have taken the mifeprisone, please repeat your blood work. We will have given you the form at our last visit. If we forgot or you can’t find it – just call or text us!
Once we get these results, we will contact you to set up a follow-up visit. It is important for you to return to see us for a follow-up visit to make sure that the abortion is complete. At this visit we will review your blood work, make sure you are feeling well and order an ultrasound to confirm everything is ok.
You may have a pelvic exam at this visit and we can discuss birth control options if you like.
In the rare case that your abortion is incomplete, you may need to take an additional dose of misoprostol or simply wait and return for another visit in a week or two.
If the pregnancy is still growing, however, you will need a surgical abortion.
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