Mifepristone..."The Abortion Pill": The Facts

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Mifepristone..."The Abortion Pill": The Facts

Sujatha Sebastian

On September 28, 2000 the Food and Drug Administration after several years of research approved Mifepristone, better known as the "abortion pill", for distribution in the United States. The FDA's decision will have a definite impact on women's health care in the United States. There will be social and medical repercussions. The drug has caused controversy not only in antiabortion groups, but in Pro-Choice groups as well. Critics are worried that an abortion available in pill form will be "too easy". They are worried that use of the pill will be abused. What many people do not realize is that while Mifepristone will be beneficial to women's health care, it is not without side effects. In light of all the recent coverage that the "abortion pill" has been given in the media, and all the misinformation surrounding it, I decided researching that Mifepristone would be interesting and helpful. The purpose of my paper is to discover how Mifepristone works, how it is administered, and to look at its side effects. I want to demonstrate the benefit Mifepristone will be to women's health care, while showing that it is not an "easy" solution to abortion.

"Mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486, is a medical alternative to aspiration abortion."(1) It works by blocking progesterone from being absorbed into the uterus. When this happens the uterus sheds the endometrium (lining in the uterus, therefore inducing menstruation. (2 When Mifepristone is used as a method for abortion is it administered as part of a three step process. The first step is that 200 mg of Mifepristone is given orally in a doctor's office. Then within 24 to 48 hours the patient is given 400 mg a drug called Misoprostol either orally or in a suppository form. Misoprostol, which is a synthetic hormone, is used to get the cervix to soften and dilate as well as getting the uterus to relax. The embryo is then expelled.(2) This is supposed to happen approximately fours hours after the administration of the drug. The final step is an examination by a medical professional to make sure the abortion is complete. (2)

There are restrictions as to who can use this medical method of abortion. It is only intended for women to use up to nine weeks after their last menstruation period. Women who are under 18 or over 35, epileptic, diabetics, or suffering from heart, lung, kidney, liver, stomach or intestinal disorders are ineligible. As are women who have taken steroids within the past 12 months, or deemed overweight or a heavy smoker. Women who have used an IUD or hormonal contraceptive within three months prior to conception are not allowed to take Mifepristone as well.(2)

Like any drug or medical method there are side effects to using Mifepristone and Misoprostol. It is the number of side effects and degree of each that critics argue about. The FDA has determined that taking Mifepristone does cause various degrees of pain. Short term physical effects can be pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue.(2) There are psychological side effects as well. In some cases products of the conception are visualized. (3)

The use of Mifepristone will have a definite impact on reproductive freedom in this country and the world. (3) It is seen as less invasive procedure which gives the woman more freedom and privacy. In the United States it has been reported by the Alan Guttmacher Institute that eighty-nine percent of the abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone will allow women another option to terminate a pregnancy in its early stages. (2) Twenty-four percent of the world's population lives in places where abortion is not legal. (3) As a result a significant population of women perform their own abortions or receive illegal abortions which kills them. The medical method of abortion would allow women in these areas of the world to receive a safe method of abortion.

A major issue that critics of Mifepristone have is that they feel that the drug will allow abortions to become "too easy". But the drug is only administered in a medical office and requires at least three visits. The last visit is an examination to see that the abortion is complete and that the mother is in good health. Before the patient is given Mifeprex tablets (Mifepristone) she must sign an agreement in which she acknowledges that there are side effects, that there is a three step process, and that 5 to 8 women out of every hundred do not have successful medical abortions and need surgical abortions . (5) Critics worry that the drug will cause an increase in the number of women who have abortions. Supporters of the drug cite the fact that in France, where the drug is manufactured and was first administered, there has not been an increase in the abortion rate. (2)

Mifepristone will change the way that abortions are administered. This method gives a woman more autonomy and does not require her to go through surgical procedure. It can also prevent pregnancy by taken as soon as a day after she has had intercourse. This new method will allow more women to have access to safe abortions. Mifepristone opens the door to a new area of medicine in which previously surgical procedures are now approached in a medical manner. Whether in support of or against Mifepristone one has to recognize the new technology the drug represents.

One of the problems I had when researching information was finding unbiased information. Both pro and anti Mifepristone groups used "research" and statistics to their benefit. Distinguishing the difference between opinion and fact was difficult. This is especially true because there is not a lot of accurate information about Mifepristone published by reliable sources. This is due to the fact that Mifepristone has just recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Mifepristone that will be beneficial to women's health care and medicine. But one must realize that it is not without side effects and cannot be seen as an "easy" solution to abortion.

 

WWW Sources

1)www.plannedparenthood.org/mifepristone.html, Mifepristone

2)www.rascalnut.com/naral.ohio/RU486.html, The Facts about Mifepristone (RU 486)

3)www.mja.com.au/public/issues/sep15/henshaw/henshaw.html, Mifepristone

4)http://jinx.sis.unsw.edu.au/~greenlft/1994/137/137p28htm, "Abortion Pill": A Woman's Right to Choose by, Kath Gelber

5)www.popcouncil.orgrhpdev/mifeprex/patient%5Fagreement.html,The Patient Agreement Mifeprex (Mifepristone) Tablets

6) www.pages.map.com/lroberge/ru486.htm, RU486: The Hidden Effects by Lawrence F. Roberge

6) www.nrlc.org/ru486/propsedFDAregs.html, RU486 *Please note that some of the sources read during my research were from biased sources (the National Right to Life Committee web site for example). Facts were not used from these sources in my paper. These sources were instead used to discover the arguments anti-Mifepristone groups had and to see the false information they were publishing about the drug.

 

 

Continuing conversation
(to contribute your own observations/thoughts, post a comment below)

08/06/2005, from a Reader on the Web

I took that pill and almost blead to death now i have have to say it's not as easy as it sounds it is very painful like child birth but more blooder atleast for me i now have endromitrious and may have to have my women parts removed i had nothing before i took those pills i'm 37 so i'm just saying better think it out before you take it because it's dangerious i have a son who is 18 it was easier for me to have him then go through childbirth than taking those pills becuse i'm still not well and it has been 7 months


10/10/2005, from a Reader on the Web

For what it's worth, I though I'd share my personal experience using Mifepristone almost a month ago.. After having made the difficult choice to abort, I learned of this pill as an alternative option to having the traditional surgical procedure. Of course, as anyone would, I opted to try the pill because it seemed -less- painful and was something I could do in the privacy of my own home. After having been given the first pill, Mifepristone, at the doctors office on a Friday afternoon, I finished out my day at work with minimal side-effects at that point. The Mifepristone made me slightly sick to my stomach, but compared to the ongoing morning sickness I'd been going through, it wasn't so bad. (ha ha) Misoprostol was the next step, given to me in the form of 4 tablets, to be inserted vaginally myself at home. I was also given a full bottle of Vicodin, as well as a bottle of 800mg Ibuprophen for the pain the doctor anticipated I would encounter (this worried me a little). Late Satuday afternoon, I'd say around 4:30pm, scared to death not knowing what to expect once everything started, and knowing I couldn't turn back now, I inserted the tablets and took 1 Vicodin as directed. About 30 minutes from the time I did this I began to have cramping comparable to what you would feel during a typical menstrual period.. but not for long. Within an hour I had severe cramping.. I'd been warned the pain could equal that of actual child-birth contractions, and this must have been it. (I've never had a child, so I can only imagine) I was to the point of feeling like I would pass out if the pain didn't let up when I passed the first, and largest, portion of what -was- the pregnancy.. Many people will tell you that all you'll see is blood and clots, and it's unlikely anything will look like actual tissue.. but mine sure did.. Large masses of gray tissue were expelled for the following numerous hours. Somewhere close to midnight that night I felt relief enough to know it was over.. or so I thought. 4 days after this, while I -should- have been feeling more or less back to normal, I began to experience increasing pain in my abdomen. I called and spoke with my doctor about this, but felt as though she didn't seem concerned at all. No more than 2 hours after hanging up the phone I developed a fever that shot through the roof out of nowhere, and my heart began beating unbelieveably TOO fast. The "increasing pain" in my abdomen now had me laying in bed, hardly able to move. I called my mother who left work and rushed to my home to get me. I couldn't even get out of bed to let her in when she arrived I hurt so bad. I ended up in the emergency room that afternoon with a heartbeat of 143 beats/min.. (Check your own and then you'll see just how high 143 is) and a 103 temperature I ended up fighting to keep away for the next 4 days. To make a long story short, that first afternoon I spent over 8 hours in a treatment room in the emergency area before they got my vitals under control and discovered the cause of everything.. The abortion pill I used began attacking my own body in a sense, and began a horrendous infection in my uterus. In the end I spent a week in the hospital on 3 of the most potent anti-biotics available, as well as some heavy-duty narcotic pain killers, while specialists from the surrounding hospitals kept watch over me constantly. It's now been almost a month since then, and I still have to have blood work done, as well as ultrasounds every now and then to keep monitoring my recovery. I have constant sharp pains in my abdomen and have been told the scar tissue left over from the infection may now keep me from becoming pregnant in the future.. It's all so much to deal with, and honestly, I don't think I've come to terms with everything yet. It still feels like a bad dream. Regardless of my experience with the pill and side effects it caused me, I can still step back and look at the broad picture of things.. The majority of women who use this method have no problems, and for them, this is a good way to go. I really do think it's a better choice for most, than to have the surgical abortion.. BUT - be warned.. It's not "easy" using the pill, and there's no way to know how you're body will react to it. I never knew I'd go through the things I did because of it. This is definitely not something to be looked at as the "new contraceptive" either, as some are saying. It's so risky, putting your body through something like this. It could take a toll on you that will effect the rest of your life. Like me.. Will I ever be able to have kids after everything that happened? Every woman out there should begin by being aware of how to avoid an unwanted pregnancy from the start. Such as life happens, and most protection only offers 99.9% effectiveness, we forget that's NOT 100%.. If you still become pregnant and choose to abort, do your homework.. read about all possibilities, and all side effects for each.. then decide what's best for you. I think the pill is a great option.. but be careful, it's certainly not without it's flaws.

 

Additional comments made prior to 2007
It has been almost 2 months since I had made the painful decision to get an abortion. I am only 18 years old so you could imagine hoe scary it was for me. After they examined me and told me how far I was they put me in this rome with a female doctor so I can take the oral pill that actually determines the pregnancy. When I took that pill, I felt fine until I had to get something in my stomach, I couldn't even eat my stomach was turning so bad. the doctor told me that I could insert the four pills vaginally anytime between then and 48 hours after the visit. I decided to insert them that night to get it over with and about an hour after it was literally hell. I was vomiting,bleeding perfusely, and experiencing pain more severe then I had ever felt before. To make a long story shorter, it has been about 2 months and I still haven't exactl stopped bleeding. I am young and afaid to go get checked because of it, and my life will never be the same. I had no choice my situation at the time wasn't what I wanted and now I will always regret it ... Reader on the web, 12 August 2007

 

 

I used the pill around february of '07. I was 6 1/2 weeks and I guess I didnt really know what I was getting myself into. I took the first pill which I had no side effects to. When I took the second one the next day, it was almost immediate cramping. Basically the worst cramps I had ever had. I was puking, had diarrea, and was in so much pain I was balled up on the couch crying. I guess I was a "lucky" one because my horrible cramps only lasted about an hour until I passed the birth tissue and then they subsided. Although I bled for a month after that (most of it not heavy), I completly regret it to this day. All I can ever think about is a perfectly beautiful child is now in a sewer somewhere. It's horrible, but thats how I think of it now. I wish I could go back and change things. I wish I never did it. All I hope is that it didnt hurt my chances of having a child in the future ... Reader on the web, 13 September 2007

Comments

Honey's picture

Future effects

Hi everyone I have had an abortion before and I know the experience and what I went through . That was 5 years ago , and just last week I found out that I was pregnant again , and I am not ready to marry the man who gets me pregnant and also not ready to raise is by my own so I decided to make thus abortion for the 2nd time , and this will be my final , no abortions again .. But please help me and answer me quickly does doing this abortion for the 2nd time will make me infertile ? Is there a chance I can't be pregnant in the future? I mean if there is a chance of that long term effect please let me know quickly so that u won't have an abortion .. Please do u know any one u got aborted twice and get pregnant later ??? Please help me

Latoya's picture

Abortion pill

I took the pills jan 6 . It was a horrible exsperience and it's gonna be 2 months on March 6 and I still have a light period is that normal ?

JoJo's picture

Two-month period

Latoya, yes, according to the extensive research I have done, that is to be expected. I took mine yesterday/this morning, so I'm in the full throes of it. Amazing how a two-day experience can throw your body that much off kilter. But in women, it happens. Hang in there.....the worst is over :)

Serendip Visitor's picture

so many of you have left out

so many of you have left out how far along you were. so many stories. I'm worried I haven't passed it all as pictures are conflicting when you look them up- I was Seven weeks and passed kidney shaped blood clots and something that looks the size of a small egg but was a fleshy pink feathery color. I can't tell if that's a placenta at 6/7 weeks or ?????

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It's Fine

I took the pills, I was very nervous. All this is to me is a strong period. I already have 3 kids so it's kinda like going into labor the feeling, I did throw up, I did have some nausea, I am BLEEDING LIKE CRAZY .... Advice get some good ol big pads, you will need them. I followed the directions to a T..I waited the 24 hours after the first, I took my antibiotic and took my pain meds. I took mine at 4 it took about a hour for the cramps to kick in and another hour for the bleeding to start. It's now 11pm and still going heavy. Going thru pads like crazy. I would be better off sitting on the toilet all night really.. Over all not bad.

Serendip Visitor's picture

i dont know what will happen

I'm 4 months pregnant, I discovered my pregnancy when it was already 3 months. And I have to end it now, on this day ill drink mifepristone, and I don't know what will happen to me after this. Please pray.

Serendip Visitor's picture

already 3 months

You are already three months, I did it and I still regret it.
Right after I took the pill I regretted it and tip this day I still do regret it.
It's the only thing in my life I regret doing.
If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and stay pregnant.
Y'ou're gonna be okay

Serendip Visitor's picture

12weeks and want to terminate

Is it posible to take this pill at 12weeks pregnancy?

Serendip Visitor from India's picture

No... My gynae explained, the

No... My gynae explained, the pill doesn't work for a 9 wks n older foetus , opt for the surgical one

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My Experience

My favourite poet Rumi said,
Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

Well I hope that's how it would be with me.I am here bcoz this blog helped me during the toughest time of my life, & I think I have something to share.when I first realized something was wrong with my body , I was 6 weeks pregnant(according to the ultrasound).i got my ultrasound done on 14th Jan,that confirmed my fear that I was pregnant.In India,the women who do this are assumed to be married,I had my bf accompany me... He has been a support all through out, but my reasons for abortion have more to do with the social norms than my own personal choice. I wish I was not in this country then I would have for sure kept this child, although it sounds lame now when I say it.

First I need to tell you girls,besides the emotional trauma you put yourself through , the actual physical aspect doesn't hurt that much( it hurts only to let us feel we are going against nature),So I took the first pill mifepristone orally on 14th... I was expecting bleeding n cramps but nothing happened...I freaked out more coz nothing was happening,I took an appointment with an oby gyn, she told me it was normal & asked me to insert the rest 4 vaginally(I was so scared of that)...I'm glad I had my bf all along, being there for me... He did it n we waited ... I was at his place, was so freaked out about doing it at my place n letting my folks know... He got hot water bottle, anti nausea pill & combiflam.he even put on music for me to calm down .... We clocked it, nothing really happened for an hour....but then I started getting those cramps.... (Hot water bottle helps),considering I don't get menstrual cramps , it was bad .... I was getting chills & my bf,poor soul was standing next to me smoking one cig after the other) he tried to massage but trust me when the cramps come , they come hard and u just have to bear them.. I passed the first clot an hour later n I think it started getting better after that, the second time I passed what I think was the tiny foetus...it was tolerable after that, slight cramps remain, it's my 4th day and I'm still bleeding ... But I guess it's gonna be like that for 5-6 more days... I have my second round of ultrasound on 28 th ... N ill post the update ... All this is about the physical aspect which I know a lot of the girls are worried about when they visit this blog .. I was too! So trust me it's gonna be ok, it's true ppl are different and so does their pain tolerance... So don't expect it to be a cake walk coz it won't be but it's not walking on fire either....

& now the other aspect, which is gonna gnaw at u for the rest of ur life... Killing a soul... I love the father of my unborn but we both knew we couldn't be together .... I call myself a coward everyday for the past 3 days n pray although I'm not deeply religious .... I barely lived with the realization that I'm pregnant for 48 hours... I wish I could save the baby... I wish I could keep it... All these thoughts haunt me at night .... N they would haunt all of us who are here and who have undergone this ....
I wish life was simpler n choices so much easier ....

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Help!

I was told to take all four misoprostal by dissolving them in my mouth. Well I did that about 5 mins later I threw them up, about 7 mins later I started bleeding but not heavy. I've had slight cramping and major back pain, I had bad back labor with my daughter, I'm just wondering if anyone thinks it took because I don't want to have a surgical I don't have anyone to drive me:(

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Pill $

Does anyone know how much the abortion pill costs at family planning?

parlomita's picture

Am worried

Av taken the oral pill and inserted another four after three days,after inserting the vaginal pill i felt urinating and urinated after 15minutes later.i then slept,the next morning i bled and after that the blood us not flowing again but am feeling a slight lower abdominal pain.Meanwhile I took the medication after five days of missing my period on the normal date.please what should I do,am worried and needs an answer right away.

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ns

Hello I have taken one mifepristone and two misoprostal tabket yesterday at ten in t night . I had cramp on my abdomen however I haven't started bleeding . Do I take one misoprostal today morning . When will I start bleeding. Reply asap I m worried .

Pema's picture

Any help

I am 30 and fare away from family and nobody is around me except some friend. I am 4 week pregnant and I can't keep the baby as I am not ready and even I had relation with some1. Even I dnt have a boyfriend

Smh's picture

Painful but worth it.

I took the abortion pill 2 1/2 weeks ago and it was so painful I closed my eyes and passed out after screaming for 2 hours straight. I was 2 weeks pregnant and I'm 21 and a full time student who cannot afford a child. It was free completely from mediCal. I'm still exhausted but I can use tampons again so my life is easier. It was painful and I've had some creepy thoughts since then but I have a supportive boyfriend so I'll be fine. Ladies everyone is different but it's going to suck at first. Just know it won't last forever and eventually you'll fall asleep and the next day you'll just have chunks coming out of you. Yes it's gross but so is childbirth so get over it. If you're in California and afraid you can't afford it, go to a FPA clinic and they'll sign you up for Family Pact & PE but get birth control so you don't fuck up again! No pun intended. Just be aware this is physically painful, and can be emotionally if you're religious. I'm an atheist so it really doesn't effect my morality in terms of eternal damnation. Just read websites and forums on what to expect but realize THIS IS ONLY YOUR DECISION, ONLY YOU ARE GOING THROUGH IT!!! DON'T LET ZEALOTS MAKE YOU BELIEVE YOU NEED TO RUIN YOURS AND A CHILD'S LIFE FOR THE SAKE OF "MORALITY"!!!

Serendip Visitor's picture

Abortion Pill

I took the abortion pills june 27th, 2013 Not to long after inserting pills into vaginal aout 3hrs later passed a big blood clot then the next hour passed brownish tissue I took the pain medicines before started because have the low tolerant for pain. Now three weeks later I am still passing clots everytime urine which I think is not normal Im going to call the clinic in the morning if it continues. Making this choice was a very hard decision but I do plan to have more children in the near future. Pray and ask God forgiveness that's the first step to recovering..

Serendip Visitor's picture

Side effects

Hi. I am also experiencing the exact same symptoms and I had mine 2 years ago. I was beginning to think I was the only one. Every month on my cycle clots come out when I urine and when I'm not. I have hot flashes and it has really taken a toll on my body, especially my hormones. Is there anything that helps?I've tried cleansers hormonal substances that correct your hormones but nothing has worked. Have you had any luck with anything?

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Not sure what's going on..

So I'm 18 and had an abortion about 2 months ago now. I was only 4 or 5 weeks, about a week after I inserted the pills me and my boyfriend had sex. I know it wasn't a smart idea and I don't know why we did. But anyways, it wasnt painful or anything but not long after I stopped bleeding and everything seemed to go back to normal I started to get weird pains during sex on my left side, almost like a scratching feeling. I got my boyfriend to feel around and see if he could feel anything but he can't, I got my doctor to check, I got a pap to check for std's and nothing seems to be wrong. The pain is getting worse every tome we try, its almost at the point where i want to give up. Everything apparently feels and looks normal. Tests came back clear. I'm just not sure what's going on and if anyone has had the same experience or has an idea on what is happening any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Serendip Visitor's picture

it will be ok

I think it could be from having such a strong hormone in your vagina. Also to anyone. Being pregnant even if just for a few months causes your hormones and body to change. I was pregnant and miscarried and my body was out of each got a few years. I had a baby and i had constant pain in my vagina , abs joints. Doc said its normal even though sex is now painful most of the time. Having a baby or terminating pregnancy is not easy. That's why sex should really be with a partner you love, trust and can be ready for these type of life decisions.

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Abortion pill

Hi everyone. I know what everyone is going through. Sad to say I had both the surgical abortion and the pill abortion. And I have had one miscarriage. I've had to go through these abortions cuz of medicinal problems I have myself. I'm not against abortions what so ever! It's your body and you have a choice. The surgical abortion I had was very painful, and I was sadiated. It only lasted about 5 mins. After it was over I had bad cramps for about 20 mins and they went away but came back later, but I'm get very very bad cramps when I get my period and even before I get my period. I bleed for about a week nothing to bad, passed some blood clots and was ok. All my hormone levels went down very fast and a felt back to normal within a few days. Just last week I decide to have the pill abortion, it's very scary but so is waiting to have the surgical abortion. I took the 1st pill at the doc office and was fine all day, I did feel some cramping coming and going but nothing bad. The next night at about 10pm I took the four pills they gave me in my cheeks and let sit for 30 mins and then rinsed the rest down with water. I had some cramps but nothing to bad for about an hour or so, then I started to sweat and get the chills. Then I started to get nauseous I dry heaved a few times but nothing after that I was ok, I drank water and 7 up and had my heating pad on my tummy. The cramps where not that bad, to me it felt like a bad period! I really had no side effects. I started to bleed but not much and then I passed a weird looking clot while using the bathroom, I could really tell but I think it was the fetus. That was about the 4th hour in. I started to get bad cramps but my heating pad helped alot. I just tried to keep my mind busy and off of the fact. I finally fell asleep and woke up the next day and felt better. It's now 7 days later and I'm still bleeding A little and still have cramps here and there. But I have cramps for my whole period all 7 days! I guess I'm a crampy person. I also get very bad migraines with my period so I know my hormone levels have drop cuz I got my first migraine on fri. My boobs are still sore but not as swollen. Its pretty much like having miscarriage! And miscarriages are painful. I believe my miscarriage was more painful than this was. I felt more comforable doing the abortion pill, maybe cuz I was in the privacy of my own home, and had no doc going inside me and with tools and causing me to be in pain. I felt that I was in control with the pill. Both of these can be very scary and very stressful. I wouldn't be able to decide what one was better they both have there pros and cons! But this was my experience of both. I hope I can help with some worried minds cuz I know how it is and how scary it can be and your mind just don't stop thinking about it. Good luck to everyone!

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Hi ladies! I had the medical

Hi ladies!

I had the medical abortion last month. I took the first pill in the clinic and was instructed to begin the rest in the following days. On the second day I was instructed to place two pills in my cheeks and allow the to melt in order for them to disperse in my bloodstream. Maybe 2 hours later I felt mild cramping and had diarrhea. As far as cramp....they were about the same in relation to my menstrual cramps. ( which are mild to none). I had no difficulties whatsoever during my medical abortion. Oh and btw I was on 2 antibiotics the entire time I was going the the process. After about a week I started my menstural cycle and I bled for about a week. Once the entire procedure and my menstural was open I scheduled an appt with my OBGYN to make sure all was normal. Which it thankfully was.

Serendip Visitor's picture

anxious

Hi to all, thanks so much for all your information. I took the first pill yesterday 02.05.2013, am feeling some slight cramps the following day and waiting for the next few hours to take the 4 pills vaginally. Am so scared and worried but am only 2-3weeks pregnant. i ope i can contain the pain as some of the ladies here have explained. help help

Brianna's picture

My Experience

Hi! I just wanted to share my experience with everyone. I stumbled across this site last night while I was dissolving the four pills in my mouth and I began reading everyone's experiences and let me tell you... I WAS SCARED! I know they say the pain can be anywhere from mild to severe, but some of these stories sounded awful and seriously made me nervous for what was about to happen within the next 30 minutes to 12 hours. I'm 23 and in a 4 year long relationship so had the support of my boyfriend who is 28, he went to the Planned Parenthood office with me and had nothing but words of encouragement along the way. I've graduated college, so has he, and we both make decent money at the moment, so it's not like we weren't able to take care of a baby, but I feel like right now just wasn't the time. At the office I was sure that I was making the right decision, the women who worked there were some of the nicest people I've ever met so that put me at ease. The whole clinic visit took about 3.5 hours and consisted of paperwork, urine sample, self swab for STD testing, blood draw for RH factor, counselor's session, an internal (vaginal) ultrasound, and finally when you take the first pill, get a shot if you're RH negative, and receive instruction on what you'll be doing in 24-48 hours. I was said to be 8 weeks 6 days on the day of my ultrasound, but through my calculations I was 8 weeks 4 days... so, I was almost at the 9 week cutoff date for medical abortions.

After taking the first pill at the clinic I felt fine and had no nausea or spotting and I actually carried on the day like it was a regular day. I waited 30 hours to take the next set of pills because I had a little episode of "cold feet" where I had thought I regretted the decision to take the first pill and was searching for ways to reverse the process. I'm not sure if I actually regretted it or was just nervous for what was about to come. I think I was just nervous because I actually feel quite relieved now that it's over with.

So, last night at 7 I took some off-brand Pepto Bismol pills, at 8:07 I inserted the 4 pills between my cheeks and gums. I stumbled upon this page at about 8:10 and began reading horror stories. Come 8:37 I swallowed the rest of the pills, an antibiotic, and 3 Ibuprofen, I immediately began having mild cramping in my lower abdomen and about 10 minutes after I swallowed the remainder of the pills I had to go #2 and started getting the chills. I sat on the toilet for awhile because I kept going poo, I was having muscle spasms, the cramping got worse and bleeding started. On a scale of 1-10 the pain from cramping was probably at a 5 at it's worse during that period of time, but I finally I went and laid down on the couch with the heating pad, I actually managed to find a happy place in my mind and I fell asleep for about 30 minutes until I felt something shift inside of me - I went to the bathroom and passed the first clot. It was long and stringy and I think it was probably part of my uterine wall. I legitimately had no pain from then on, nor did I feel myself cramping anymore, but I decided to take one codeine pill just to be sure I would be OK. I went back to the couch and fell asleep for another two hours, when I woke up I passed a little bit more tissue on the toilet and then went to bed. I was up and down passing clots for the next hour or so (from about 11-12) and then slept perfectly until I woke up from my boyfriend telling me bye because he was leaving for work at 5:45. He was trying to be sweet and rubbed my belly for me but he kind of squished too hard and I felt lots of stuff jostle around inside me. Panic! After he left the room I got up and silly danced my way to the bathroom and passed the majority of clots (probably the remainder of the uterine contents). Still no pain. I washed up, went back to bed for 3 more hours and about 8:30 I woke up to less bleeding and no major clots passing. It's now 10:30 and still minimal bleeding and no pain.

All in all, the pain was tolerable and only lasted a short amount of time for me. On a scale of 1-10 for the entire event's pain I would have to say it was a 1. I had no problem sleeping, didn't vomit, wasn't dizzy, etc. The entire event was a lot less traumatizing and less painful than I imagined (especially after reading some of these stories). I only saturated 2 maxi pads and that was from midnight until 5:45 when my boyfriend squished me, and I think the majority of blood came out during the squish. I would say my experience is not the norm, but I do have a high pain tolerance so that probably played a role in it. Just know that everyone's experience with this will be different, I was expecting the worse and actually was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. However, if I ever find myself in this situation again I do not believe I will choose abortion - even though my experience has (so far) been fine. I just think that if it happens again, I obviously didn't learn my lesson and shouldn't permit myself with unlimited amounts of "get out of jail free" cards.

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my experience

Went to PPH clinic Saturday 2/23/13 did all preliminary testing counseling, was given 1st pill Mifiprex and prescriptions for Ibuprophen 800, Tylenol 3 & Phenergan (anti nausea). Was told to take 2nd pill 24 hours from 1st pill but I was so nervous I waited 48 which I read was okay to do. So one hour prior to 48 hours I took the anti nausea pills and one ibuprofen after 30 mins. After 30 mins I took the 4 Misoprostol pills waited 30 mins for them to dissolve and swallowed the remaining powdery left overs.

I had my heating pad on hand and started using it before any pain. About an hour or so later severe cramping started with hot and cold shivers and a feeling of clamminess all over. I decided to go to the bathroom to see if I would pass anything. I felt very nauseous and thought I would pass out on the toilet seat. After a few minutes I had a bowel movement and I think I his helped me to pass the clot. I didn't look to check the size as there was too much pain and I was disoriented. I went back to lay down and had more severe pain followed by another trip the the toilet same scenario. After the second trip was over I felt better. The worst of it lasted about 2 hours. Still having moderate cramping but feels like a relief after what I experienced earlier. I have no children and have never been one to have very painful periods that keep be from doing regular activities. I did not know what to expect with this process and it was very scary to go through. Looking back I am glad that it was not easy or pain free because it is a life changing thing. Best of luck to anyone else who is going through this difficult time.

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My experience with my abortion with misprostol

Hi I had an abortion 1/11/2013 I went into parenthood planning clinic I had my blood took u know to check for rh-factor blood I then had my finger poke to check my iron level had blood pressure check. then. they asked me to pee into a cup then they sent me to another room to give me an ultrasound I was 7weeks I had the choice to get a d n c or to take the home abortion pill mistrpstol. I choose to take the misprostol I then had another shot for being a rh factor. I then had to talk to a nurse she told me about taking the four pills at home so I took one pill at the clinic to stop the pregnancy. then they gave me some lortabs for the pain an some promethazine for vomiting. so I went home had no bleeding felt fine then within the next day I took the 4pills put them between my cheeks. then waited 30minutes then I drunk some water to have the rest of the meds in my body then bout a hour later I sat on the toilet thought my world was over. I sat on the toilet for 7hours then I took an put a pad on went to bed the meds had me tired the next day I felt good still bleed but not as much its day 4 now 01/15/2013 I feel good now still using pads when will I ever stop bleeding an when can I use a tampon

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medication abortion

how much are you bleeding? i took the misoprostol on wednesday(its saturday now) and im still bleeding more than a regular period..and i get a little bit of cramps here and there. did you experience that also?

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Successful thus far

I am 23, a student and trying to live a fulfilled life, I have a fantastic relationship, and honestly would have been much more damaged emotionally if it weren't for what I believe the love of my life being right beside me.

After horrifyingly realizing the cause to my severe nausea and vomiting spells via four pregnancy tests (honestly one is all anyone needs), I went to Planned Parenthood, they tested my pee and directed me to a list of abortion clinics that they recommended. I scheduled my appoint and went two days after.

DAY 1: When I arrived at the abortion clinic they conducted their ultrasound and told me I was around eight weeks, right on the cusp for the abortion pill. I breathed a sigh of relief knowing I could go home and curl up in my own bed with a hand to hold and deal with this away from florescent lights and strangers. Before I left the abortion clinic the doctor came in and handed me my first pill at 5:30 pm. I was instructed to rest and do minimal activity that night and the next day, included with the four mifepristone pills that I was to insert into my vagina exactly at 5:30pm the next day, I left with a prescription for vicodin and Phenergan for nausea.

DAY 2: I slept in, filled my prescriptions and bought pads, walked my dog, and kissed my handsome man away to work. As 4:30pm approached I made my bed, pulled up Netflix and prepared to take my first 2 vicodin (recommended to take 45 minutes before inserting the mifepristone into my vagina) followed by one Phenergan pill. As the pain meds started to kick in right around 5:15 I got my chance to panic and breath deeply and cleanly insert my four pills by 5:30 pm. Within 45 minutes I started to feel as if I had period cramps, they intensified severely, sometimes I was balled up crying hysterically, it was the most uncomfortable and pain feeling deep inside. I thought I had made a terrible mistake and even told myself I should have just gone ahead with a surgical abortion, because at least I would just be recovering at this point. By the time my boyfriend got home from work I was about three hours into the process after inserting the Mifepristone pill. I don't remember much after he came home, I took 2 vicodin every 4 hours for the rest of the evening, drifting in and out of sleep(luckily) yet waking up to horrible cramping pains, sometimes i felt as if something horribly wrong had happened to me.

DAY 3: Around 4 am, I started to drift out of my vicodin coma, my boyfriend by my side, I realized the worst had passed and I survived, we sat in bed and smoked a cigarette giggling about the things I had talked about in my sleep, we spoke about everything that just happened, our feelings towards it and that we could continue our lives the way we had chosen, It was happy in a solemn, difficult to speak of kind of way. Still experiencing cramping but nothing as terrible as the evening, I was even able to eat a banana and take my first round of antibiotics. I went to the bathroom to change my pad, I saw only severe bleeding, sitting on the toilet blood gushed from inside of me, I took another vicodin as my pain wasn't severe any longer, I could only make it from bed to the bathroom to change pads for the rest of the day and that evening, around 7pm something uncomfortable was lodged inside of my vaginal canal, i rushed to the bathroom and sat on the toilet looking into my pad was a little dark red tissue resembling a fetus, I cried for a moment, thought of the lost possible life I had terminated.

EVERY OTHER DAY FOR TWO WEEKS: I bled severely, I noticed a lot of tissue in my pads and once scary tissue clot a few days after the fetus was almost the size of my fist, i felt very sick for several hours after that. Continued to bleed heavily for two weeks, I am on my third week and about to go to my check up, my bleeding has slowed incredibly and Hopefully almost at it's end.

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My experience

I recently took the pill and I have to say I was fortunate enough not to have had such a bad experience as some of the women on this site. I completely agree with the comment some are posting that the experience is worse for some than others. I took my pill on a Saturday morning and by Saturday evening the cramping was literally almost gone. I am not here to encourage women to do it, but I do want them to know that everyone is different and if done properly (not by a pharmacist), your chances of any complications are reduced greatly. If there is one draw back for me is that I was told I would bleed for about 3 weeks but now it has been just slightly over the 3 weeks. Fortunately, my MD has advised me that there was a possibility this would happen and has given me the option to schedule an appointment for a follow up if I feel I need it to ease my mind. While the bleeding is not heavy or consistent, it does seem to come when I think its over and not wearing a pad anymore. I have since then been wearing panty liners and have been carrying a heavy pad in my purse and car just in case. We all have our reasons for taking this pill but I am certainly grateful that I was able to decide for myself what was right for me. Good luck to those contemplating the use of this pill.....

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scared...

Hi..after giving it a long thought,,,my wife decided to try the pill as she was only 5 week preg...today after taking the second dose she is bleeding along with chunks of clots....she is even experiencing severe cramps....plz suggest way to do...asap.....

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re.side effect

after taking Mifepristone is there any side effect in vagina. i found some thing there in vaginaa, is any way to dissolve that problem. Is there any way pls let me know

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My experience

After reading many of the posts on here and just experiencing the abortion pill myself, I felt it was my duty to also tell about my experience on here as well (since these posts really helped me).

I went in to Planned Parenthood on 9/10 to have an ultrasound. The state that I am in has a state law that says that a woman seeking an abortion has to have an ultrasound at least 24 hrs before having the abortion. I had actually made my appointment back on August 27th and Sept. 10th was the first appt. available, so I had 2 weeks to just wait. At the time of my ultrasound, I was 8 weeks along. I scheduled the abortion pill appointment for the next day.

At the appt., I was given the misoprostol (to take at home), Doxycycline (antibiotics which I started on that evening) and a prescription for nausea and pain medicine. We went over my schedule for the next day and I was given a sheet that listed the times I was supposed to take each of the medications. This really helped as I was nervous as it was, so to have something written down was great. The last thing at the appt. was to take the mifeprex. After that, I was done and able to go home. Now it just became a waiting game till 6p the next evening when (as the nurse said) things would really start to rock and roll.

As many of you are that are reading this, I was extremely nervous and scared. Not knowing what to expect. You can read all the personal reviews you want, but the truth is, every body is different and is going to react in its own way.

Finally 6p rolled around and I took the nausea medication. 30 minutes later I put the 4 misoprostol pills in my mouth, two on each side, just between the gums and cheek. For 30 minutes they had to just sit there. I was so worried that they weren't dissolving or that I had put them in the wrong place. After 30 minutes I swallowed what remained, which surprisingly was the majority of just one pill. All of the rest had dissolved for the most part. I also then took 4 ibuprofen. 15 minutes later (7:15p) the cramps started. I've had major cramps before and these were very similar, yet different. I guess different in that I knew what was going on. I ended up vomiting around 7:30p (I had just eaten some mashed potatoes but guess I couldn't handle food). The cramps were extreme and not knowing when exactly the whole process would end, just made it worse. At 8p, I was instructed to take the prescribed pain medicine but honestly, it didn't do much for me. In a way, I didn't mind the pain (even though it hurt like hell) but to me, the pain meant that it was working. I would be more worried if the pain medicine had masked the pain. But that's just me. So, I just curled up on my couch and closed my eyes. Around 10:30p, I coughed and felt a big clot shoot out of my vagina. I got up to go to the restroom, thinking the abortion was complete (that the clot was the fetus). (This next part may be a little graphic...and I apologize....) After I returned to the couch, I saw that there was a big chunk of blood clot on my couch (I was wearing a sundress and I guess it didn't catch on the pad and fell out of my underwear). I went and looked and noticed, it was definitely the fetus. At that point, a huge wave of relief shot over me, knowing that it had worked. After cleaning up the mess, I just laid back down on the couch and waited as the cramps slowly started to go away.

I'm not going to lie, it could be painful (depending on how your body reacts). Just know that it will be over soon and you can and will get through it. I wish you all the best if you are about to go through this experience.

prieto's picture

I am glad i read ur post. i

I am glad i read ur post. i am going in tomorrow to my first appt. To take the first pill and im horrified i am about 5 weeks so far

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Mifepristone(Mifeprex) Early option pills

Dear Readers,
I think I can relate to most women because I did have a natural miscarriage many, many years ago, and I managed it safely all by myself at my apartment home in the bathroom on the toilet because it happened so fast. I didn't even know for sure if I was really pregnant yet and I didn't want to bother or upset anyone else. I was married and we already had one child and wanted more, but we were living in another state far away from my family and I was a stay at home mom. The cramps were really bad the first day, but they were almost exactly like the first day of my usual heavy period for me, so i wasn't scared and when my husband came home from work he took good care of me and I was fine. I did finally get pregnant again and now we have three beautiful healthy adult children. Childbirth in a strange hospital can be scary the first time, I know I was, so the second time I went to all the birthing classes at a local hospital where I would deliver to learn as much as I could about natural delivery and special breathing exercises to control the pain and my husband was with me. By the time we had our third child, it was much easier for me because I had learned how to breathe through painful cramps and I finally delivered her naturally and quickly as soon as my water broke.

Please do not panic, please talk to your doctor and get second and third independent medical opinions from medical professionals, especially if you are still undecided about what to do about your unintended pregnancy . Take advantage of free local family planning services at medical clinics and Planned Parenthood facilities. Ask a school, hospital or church social worker for more accurate information or speak to an older woman, especially a qualified nurse. Most of the sacry stories written here are from young women who may not be carefully following the specific directions they were given if they panic and may be having morning sickness and nausea for the first time in their lives. The first drug Mifepristone (brand name Mifeprex) usually does not make you feel sick or start cramping. Please make sure you have safe approved drugs with printed materials and directions about all your specific medications. And please do not use or pay for any illegal drugs which might not be safe or work right for you. Even worse they might not even be real

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PLEASE READ ANYONE WHO IS SCARED: I JUST EXPERIENCED IT

Hello everyone,

I just experienced a medical abortion exactly one week ago and I would like to share my experience so that others may feel comforted and less frightened and anxious. Prior to doing the medical abortion I visited this website and read about 30 pages worth of comments. Although some of them said that the pills would not hurt much, the majority of experiences were said to be incredibly painful. I was so so scared after reading all that and could not sleep the night before. Thank goodness my experience went smoothly and I can provide some reassurance and tips to other women who may be feeling anxious, scared, and alone.

Here's how it went:

I visited planned parenthood, got a free pregnancy test which confirmed that I was indeed pregnant. I was then told I could be covered by emergency medicaid for the whole procedure and that the medicaid coverage would continue for a year ( for those women who feel trapped because of how expensive abortions are please ask about emergency medicaid, it can help students, people with very low income, and even undocumented immigrants) Everyone deserves to have a choice. I was given the option of surgical or medical abortion.

I'm sad to say I experienced a medical abortion 2 years ago ( I am now getting an IUD so that I can bring beautiful life into this world when I'm ready) For those of you who are debating which one would be best, my experience with the surgical procedure was not horrible but it made me feel paranoid that I would never have children again so I chose a different route this time around. However, the surgical procedure is very quick about 5 minutes if you are not far along. If you get moderate sedation, you feel nothing at all and feel dazed and out of it while it happens. Bleeding can last for a very long time afterwards, but there is not much pain at all. But please have someone to pick you up afterwards because you will feel weak and disoriented.

Back to the main point!
During my next visit I was given an ulrasound, a blood test, and told how far along I was (5 weeks) I also talked to a counselor about why I made the choice ( Recently had many x rays done due to a biking accident) and if I was sure, the doctor saw me explained everything to me, gave me the first pill and supplied me with the three pills I would have to take the next day. She prescribed me tylenol 3 and ibuprofen for pain, antibiotics, and promethazine for nausea. I asked her about the pain and she told me that some girls feel nothing at all, and that some have a lot of pain, but that in many cases the girls who suffer the most either have not been prescribed the best painkillers or are not taking them frequently enough or 30 minutes prior to the third set of pills.

The pill at the doctors office mad me feel ill and sick for the rest of the day, but compared to the morning sickness I was having it was not so bad. The next I waited until it was exactly 24 hours. I then swallowed an 800 mg ibruprofen pill, 2 tylenol codeine pills, and a promethazine pill. 30 minutes later I took the three abortion pills by placing them between my cheeks and gums. After half an hour I swallowed what was left of the pills. I started to feel a little queasy and about 45 minutes later I started bleeding, and having some cramps. I felt pretty sick and tired. However the cramps were not very painful. I think that my cramps were controlled because I was constantly taking both pain killers every couple of hours. There was a LOT of blood over the next couple of hours and I had to constantly run to the bathroom to pass clots. I have to say one tell tale sign for me that I was going to let out a clot and bleed a lot was sharp cramps. So if you feel an unusually painful cramp run to the bathroom and let it out. After the clotting reached its peak in about 3 hours, the bleeding became a little bit lighter and the cramps subsided I then rested but had to go to the bathroom and change my pad every couple of hours because the bleeding was still pretty heavy I suggest surgical pads for that night because there is a lot of blood. It has been a week since the medical abortion and I am still bleeding a moderate to light amount but every day it decreases. In a week I will be due for an ultrasound to make sure everything is ok.

Last tips:
*Surgical is painless, but a lot more invasive
*Take all prescribed painkillers 30 minutes before third set of pills, and continue to take them every couple of hours so that you are constantly being helped by them. Make sure you get more than just ibruprofen from your doctor
*Strong periodic cramps may indicate a big clot or egg sac is going to pass.
*TAKE YOUR ANTIBIOTICS AND NO SEX, OR ANYTHING ELSE INCLUDING TAMPONS, NO BATHS. (not following these rules can lead to a very dangerous infection
*go to your follow up appointment for the ultrasound to make sure you are no longer pregnant because tests will continue to show up positive even weeks after the pregnancy has ended
*GET RELIABLE BIRTH CONTROL
get protected so that you never have to go through such a difficult experience ever again.
I am actually getting the hormone free IUD paraguard that can protect me for years and is also easily removed and best of all no hormones that drive me crazy and get bloated.

Sorry for such a large post but I wanted to share knowledge and reassurances. I wish the very best of to everyone and hope that my story and tips can help you feel a bit more relaxed. Just reply if you have another questions.

Toolfan's picture

I just want to comment on you

I just want to comment on you saying the surgical abortion is painless . Entirely untrue . Both abortions cause pain after . Of course depending on your tolerance and level of bleeding , you may not have much. I don't have really crampy periods but I was very uncomfortable after my procedure . I bled and cramped really bad. You might not feel pain during but your gona feel something after.

Mary's picture

you're right

I meant to say the actual surgical procedure is painless while you are undergoing it however you are right there is a good amount of pain and discomfort afterwards.

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I would just like to put in

I would just like to put in my two cents and tell you that i just found out i'm pregnant yesterday and got the non-hormonal IUD placed in May. It's frusterating, but you need to know that unless you are abstinent nothing is 100%. I was expecting to go ten years without having to worry about this.

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my experience

Hello i am 19 and from the UK but felt i had to get my experience off my chest. I felt pressured into the abortion by the disapointment my parents would feel (they do NOT know) and also my boyfriend of two years made it pretty clear that he was not ready to start a family and with me being away from home for college the timing was not right, It is not a situation i ever thought i myself would be i and i think of myself as a good person so i was pretty emotionally cut up. I have always been very careful with contraception but was hungover and sick one time so obviously the pill had not worked. I went in for my first tablet last wed and was admitted to the hospital on the friday for the vaginal pills, i was 7 weeks and 4 days. After about half an hour the pain kicked in, although nothing more of a really bad period cramp. However it gradually got worse and i could imagine thats what contractions feel like. I was also being sick. In the UK hospitals they keep you in for about 6-8 hours and you have to go to the toilet over what is called a bed pan. Once you have passed something the nurse comes and checks it out. I passed a 'sack' type thing the size of an orange and although it didnt hurt coming out i still felt an overwhelming emotion. Before calling the nurse, I apologised to it (i dont like calling it an 'it' but i cannot determine whether it was a he or she) and i explained my reasoning for making the decision for it not to continue its life and also said a little prayer to God asking for forgiveness. I know he will forgive me but i'm struggling to forgive myself.

There are many reasons why people have abortions but i could not understand one girl in the bed next to me who was laughing and joking saying she couldn't wait for it to be over so she could go out to her friend. The nurses were non-judgemental and lovely to me which i think is a good quality because they might not agree with the procedure themselves. I was discharged after about 5 or 6 hours to which i just took it easy. I am still experiencing bad cramps, so bad i couldnt breathe last night! I'm just taking it as my punishment from God i guess. I am also bleeding quite heavy which i am quite worried about because i am only 7 stone 5 lbs as i haven't eaten very much since finding out i was pregnant, maybe about a small bowl of salad a day. I am also extremely anemic with not eating so the whole pregnancy and abortion has just wiped me out but thankfully it was during term time so i did not have to take time out of studying. I feel as if i need to punish myself for what i have done and i deserve all the pain. One thing is for sure is that i know i will never ever ever let myself get in this situation again.

I wish anyone who is getting an abortion the best of luck. Like i say there are many reasons as to why people have them. I wish you all a happy future and a good recovery. Also, sorry for rambling on i just felt that i needed to get this all off my chest.

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Hi all, Reading some of your

Hi all,
Reading some of your experiences is terrifying to be honest. I had the first pill yesterday and with in 15 mins i had vomitted it out, i returned to the clinic and was given another pill. Thankfully, i managed to keep it down this time. I am 6 weeks pregnant and have been suffering morning sickness, like the nurse predicted i ended up puking through out the night.
This morning i woke up feeling weak but went in for the sevond part of the treatment, the nurse inserted 4pills and now i am home, cramping and two hours later the bleeding has started. Having been to the toilet before i did see some clots. I am just hoping this process finishes and that i find it less traumatic compared to what i have read.

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I am like 5 weeks

I am like 5 weeks pregnant....and i dont want to keep the pregnancy caz am not ready. A Pharmacist told my boyfriend that he got the pills....so i got the pills but it was just Misoprostol 200mcg. So yesterday I took 1 tab orally and two vaginally. after like 2 hours i began to feel pain.....and 3 hours later i began to bleed....later that day at around 4 pm i saw a small clot like the size of a dime...and after that the bleeding stop and nothing else.So today i did a test and it was positive....i dnt know what else to do now.....

Kelly's picture

Thats a false positive.

Thats a false positive. Doctors advice not to take a pregnancy test until 21 days after you take the pills.

Serendip Visitor's picture

You should probably go to a

You should probably go to a real doctor.... Pharmacists are not supposed to just hand out medicine. If you don't have insurance there are still a lot of places that will help you, goodluck!

Amelia2012's picture

hi girls im 5 weeks pregnant

hi girls
im 5 weeks pregnant and its my my frist pregnancy
i will have an abortion next week i love to have a child but at this stage i cant keep it so im wondering if it cause any problems or is there any chance of not getting pregnant in the future
please help ?

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Just found out....

Hello, I just found out I could very well be pregnant. I just took a test and it was positive. I immediately felt like a plan to take action. I love children but in this day and age, with the economy and overpopulation I am considering all facts. I personally feel I am not ready mentally and financially, just turned 22. I would want my child to grow up with a great life and father, I'm a struggling single female. Had a feeling something had changed with my body but also just underwent a lot of life changes with a new job, sleep schedule and stress...was waiting for my period but finally got the funds to take a test. I'm scared and don't know who to talk to. I usually talk to my mother about everything but am afraid she will be ashamed of me...The medical abortion pill is something I'm strongly considering. I want to thank all the women who have posted on this site it has really helped me feel better and know that I'm not alone. I know this will be my only abortion if I do decide to do it. The way I've been feeling it could possibly be around 5 weeks... Any support is greatly appreciated.

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My Experience

I took the abortion pill this passed weekend and wanted to share my experience.
I was 8 weeks 2 days pregnant when I went in. I was at planned parenthood for about 5 1/2 hours.
At the clinic is where I took my first pill. The first pill had no side effects I felt some slight cramping and the doctor said I would have spotting but never did. I continued through my day as normal.
The next day I was scheduled to take the 2nd pill at 3pm. At 2:30 pm I took my Motrin 800 for pain and at 3 I sat the four pills in my mouth cheek and gum and let them sit for 30 min. Immediately I started to feel cramping (more like menestrual cramps) after 30 minutes I swallowed what was left over of the pills. After about an hr I started spotting. I then felt like I had to pee and when I pushed some blood clots came out this continued for about 4 hours. This morning I an still bleeding (moderate) and have some small blood clots. The experience was not as painful as I thought it would be...thank goodness. I don't regret my decision for I am already a single mom and I'm only 22.when I found out I was pregnant I had just left my boyfriend our relationship was horrible and I could never go back so I know I kafr the right decision for myself and my son. Although I never want to experience this again this is my first and last abortion. I had just read some of the stories on here and they terrified me and just wanted to share everyone's experience is different.

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Took Mifepristone Today

ok so after reading all horror stories, im finally going through my first/only/last abortion, I'll never plan to do this again....... so 2 days ago (saturday) I was 8 weeks and 3days pregnant, Im 24years old and never been pregnant until now. On Saturday at around 1pm i was given one 3 pills by the doctor, the first 2 pills were to stop any feelings of sickness and it worked almost immediately, the 3rd pill was the 1st abortion pill,this is the pill that stops the hormones that make your pregnancy continue. I was fine, I even went to the cinema that evening but by 9pm was beginning to feel really tired. The next day (sunday) everything was fine, slight cramping but nothing to moan about,also slight loss of appetite, but im guessing this was because i was anxious of what was to come.
Monday morning at 11:40am, I was given 2 more anti-sickness pills, 2 painkillers to take there and there in the doctors office, then as she explained the proceedure for the rest of the course of pills (to take home), she gave me 4 pills (Mifepristone) to place inside of my mouth (two on each cheek) and sent me home straight away. within 20 minutes before i even got home i started experiencing cramps that felt like diarrhea, these cramps increased, and i went straight unto the toilet when i got home and passed a poo. 25minutes after taking Mifepristone ...........THE WORST 2 HOURS OF MY LIFE.............unexplainable pain,i stripped naked and ran a hot bath, rolled about on my bed, i just couldnt stand, i even took 2 paracetamols and 2 dihydrocodein which i believe is an overdose, but i was just in too much pain...............by 2pm the pain was in and out, the pain had calmed down enough for me to eat, make a hot water bottle and wrap up with a movie(eating and hot water bottle really helped) , 30mins hard unbearable then 30mins bearable pain until about 5:30pm..... everytime the pain was severe id go toilet and immediately pass a clot, the first clot i passed was the size of a Lemon.......... the clots after were large but normal..... its now 6:50pm and im just feeling normal period cramps but still bleeding very heavily.............. Im happy I had the option and even though im a devoted christian I dont regret this at all, but i know i will not do it again firstly because of the pain.

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Like many woman looking for

Like many woman looking for answers researching online is what I did prior to deciding on these pills, let me just say SOME of the experiences on this site sound like labor. I have a five year old.

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My experience

I am 28 I have two children 4 & 6 and I have been married for 7 years. I made this decision with my husband and full support of my closest friends. I took the Mifepristone pill this past saturday at planned parenthood. The office was extremely supportive, understanding and did not influence or change my decision at all. They are there to support you no matter what, also you have to tell them 18 million times that you are there on your own free will and no one can force you to do this. That night I was fine, I took my antibiotics & anti nausea pills and went to bed. The next morning I had breakfast, took the antibiotics and anti nausea again however throughout the morning I felt very ill and even threw up once. *I had to work that morning* I left early from work. At about 430 I took the pain meds and the anti nausea pills and then at 5 put the 4 tablets in my cheeks. About 20 minutes in I felt nausea, I ran to the bathroom and threw up. I was extremely worried however my husband assured me that the reason they put the pills in your mouth is because it absorbs the medicine through your gums and soft tissues. I rested, and about 2 hours later began to feel crampy. I continued to take the pain meds as directed and the anti nausea. I began to have heavy bleeding, clothes etc. However it wasn't terrifying by an means. Today is Monday and I am off of work, taking it easy and resting. It was not a terrible experience. I think you need support, understanding, and an ease of mind knowing you made the best decision for yourself. Stress will not help this process. Take care of yourself and the rest will come. Also I was only 5 weeks and like a couple days pregnant, I found out quickly and already knew my decision. Have a heating pad, ginger ale, and soup a hand!

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I took the first abortion

I took the first abortion pill 3 days ago and experienced nothing major. I actually felt less nausea than I had been feeling during the early stages of pregnancy. Yesterday morning I took the first two tablets (orally). Within 15 minutes I was cramping, and within 30 minutes I was screaming in agony (It felt like someone was cutting me open with knives). The pain was so intense my entire body couldn't stop shaking. I vomited 7 times. (I've never given birth and so can't compare, but I have had 20 hours of tattooing done and that was by far, less painful!) After about 1 hour I was finally able to hold down an Ibprofin, which eased the pain a little. Following another hour I took the second two pills (orally). Within 30 minutes I went to the toilet and blood came pouring out of me, with force, like a waterfall. (To compare I have a 28 day regular-like-clockwork cycle, with very light bleeding lasting 4-5 days). I was a little concerned to say the least! This was happily the worst of it. Since then I have continued to bleed (heavily by my standards), especially when I go to the toilet (it comes out in a steady stream then). I have light cramping and intermittent sharp, stabbing, knife pain in my abdomen. I am curious to see how long it will take for my body to return to normal.

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