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How Does Abortion Pill Reversal Work?


We’ve all been there. Faced with an overwhelming decision, we do the first thing that comes into our minds. Then, after our lives have calmed down a bit, we wish we would have made another choice. It’s a typical reaction.

An unplanned pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy can, at first, be scary. Immediately, the thought of being pregnant, telling others, and the responsibility of a baby cause panic. During those first days, some women decide to abort their babies out of fear.

Have you taken the first dose of drugs for a medication abortion? If you regret your decision, there’s a possibility the effects can be reversed, but you need to act fast.

The abortion pill

Medication abortion has several names, like the abortion pill, RU-486, or self-managed abortion. It sounds like an easy solution for a difficult situation, but any type of abortion is a serious medical decision. As with any medical procedure, you should take time to consider the risks and potential side effects.

The medication abortion process

The abortion pill (medication abortion) is actually a two-step process rather than taking one pill. This method is only for those who are less than ten weeks pregnant. After ten weeks, you would require a surgical abortion to end your pregnancy.

The first drug you take is called mifepristone (Mifeprex®). Mifepristone blocks the production of the hormone progesterone, which helps the embryo implant on the wall of your uterus once fertilization has occurred. Mifepristone causes the lining of the uterus to thin and prevents the embryo from staying implanted.

At this point of the process, you have the possibility of reversing the effects with the abortion pill reversal method. It may not be too late if you act quickly.

Once you take the second drug, Misoprostol, it is almost always too late to turn the process around. Misoprostol causes your body to cramp and contract in order to expel the embryo.

Abortion pill reversal

It is possible to reverse the effects of the first drug, mifepristone, taken in a medication abortion (abortion pill). The abortion pill reversal (APR) process involves being prescribed a large dose of progesterone. Timing is everything. Studies suggest that progesterone should be given within 24 hours after a woman has taken the first pill, mifepristone.

It may not be too late if you call now!

If you have taken the first drug, mifepristone, and are now regretting your decision, there is the possibility of reversing its effects.

  • If you live in the New Orleans area, call Woman’s New Life Clinic at 504-831-3117 between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. If you live in the Baton Rouge area, call Woman’s New Life Clinic at 225-663-6470 between 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday.
  • If it’s after hours or on a weekend, call the abortion pill reversal hotline at 1-877-558-0333.

Are you considering abortion?

If you’ve recently discovered you’re unexpectedly pregnant and are considering abortion, contact Woman’s New Life Clinic. We offer free pregnancy testing and free limited ultrasound. If you just need someone to talk to, we also offer free one-on-one professional counseling. You have options. Let’s work together to find the best solution for you.