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The abortion pill, also known as Mifepristone, is used to terminate a pregnancy between 4 and 9 weeks. The first dose is given at a clinic by a physician in either a pill or shot form. The second dose is a pill that is administered by the woman herself at home 36 to 72 hours after her clinic visit. The first dose counteracts the hormones in the body that are helping the pregnancy to grow, while the second dose causes the uterus to contract and empty out its contents.

Some women feel regret immediately after taking the abortion pill. Often these women who feel regret are coerced into taking the pill by a boyfriend, family member, or other life hardships. Sometimes these women feel it is the best thing for them, even if they feel scared or a part of them wishes they could keep the baby.

Perhaps you are in this situation. You felt pressured to take the pill because your boyfriend didn’t want to help parent right now or said he would leave you if you had the baby. Maybe your parents said they would no longer support you if you continued with the pregnancy. The pressure has piled on, and despite your feelings that raising a baby could actually be possible, something that you actually want to do, you schedule yourself an appointment at a local clinic to receive the abortion pill.

But after leaving the clinic, you immediately feel scared, confused, and wish you hadn’t gone through with it. What do you do? Is it too late? Can you stop the procedure and reverse it?

Actually, abortion pill reversal is possible.

If you have decided you do not want to go through with the abortion, but already took the first pill, it may not be too late. Don’t take the second pill you’ve been sent home with, as that completes the procedure. Instead, call Avenue Women’s Center. We have information about local resources, and you can call us at 630-455-0300. Otherwise, please visit This website provides valuable information and another hotline you can call to talk to a nurse about your situation.

If it has been less than 24 hours since your procedure at the clinic, you have the greatest chance of saving the pregnancy. However, the abortion pill reversal has been successful on patients who started it as late as 72 hours after their first dose.

There is hope.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.