Within a few days after taking mifepristone, a second drug, misoprostol, is taken.
Misoprostol tablets, which are taken orally, cause the uterus to contract and empty.
There are three steps involved in a medical abortion:
Features of Suction versus Medication Abortion:
High success rate (about 99%) High success rate (about 95-98%)
Instruments inserted into the uterus Usually avoids aspiration procedure
Can be done in one visit Requires at least three visits
Procedure is completed in 5-15 minutes Abortion occurs within 24 hours of second medication for most women
May be used early in pregnancy May be used early in pregnancy
Anesthesia or sedation can be used Oral pain medication can be used if needed for cramps
Procedure is done in a medical office or clinic Some of the process may happen at home
Health care provider provides the procedure Medications cause a process similar to a miscarriage
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