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What Is the Abortion Pill Reversal?

Perhaps you’ve experienced the first dose of Mifepristone, otherwise known as the abortion pill, and you’re beginning to have second thoughts. Maybe you felt pressured to take the pill, and now you’re starting to feel confused about your decision. It’s normal for women to sometimes second guess taking the abortion pill, and if you feel your initial certainty towards your decision has faded, there is another option.

Avenue Women’s Center understands that each woman’s situation is unique, and we understand decisions regarding the abortion pill can change. Operating out of six different locations throughout the Chicagoland area, Avenue Women’s Center is here to provide you with information about the abortion pill and its process. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment!

Abortion Pill: Can It Be Reversed?

Depending on how far along you are in the abortion pill process, there may still be a chance to reverse it. The way that the abortion pill typically works is the first dose (Mifepristone) is meant block the progesterone hormone in order to prevent the pregnancy from continuing. Mifepristone is usually given to you at the clinic as a pill or a shot, and the second pill, Misoprostol, is what you administer to yourself at home. This second dosage is generally administered 36-72 hours after your clinic visit, and causes contractions that empty the contents of the uterus.

The typical process behind the abortion pill reversal is to prescribe progesterone to counter the effects of Mifepristone. On average, the chances of reversing the effects of the abortion pill are 55% if the progesterone is taken within the first stage of the process. Some women reported simply not taking the second dosage to see if the pregnancy would continue on its own. The success rate of this method is not as high The abortion pill reversal will also be rendered ineffective if you have already taken the Misoprostol. If you have begun to experience doubts regarding your medical abortion decision, then you may want to avoid taking the second dose of the abortion pill until you have decided whether or not you want to pursue the reversal process.

Feeling Uncertain After the Abortion Pill?

Remember that having second thoughts about a decision made during a stressful situation is normal. An unexpected pregnancy can lead to feelings of uncertainty, and attempting to sort through all of your options during such an emotional time can be difficult. Other women have felt conflicted after taking the abortion pill, and like you, they might have decided that the abortion pill reversal process was a better option for them. Reexamining the reasons behind an initial decision can be helpful. Often taking the time to work through conflicting emotions can reveal a new path forward.

Regardless of where you are at in the process, Avenue Women’s Center is here to help. If you have taken the first dose of the abortion pill and are considering reversal, reach out to Avenue Women’s Center right away for guidance on your next steps. If you are unexpectedly pregnant and looking into abortion or other options, contact us for more information on the abortion pill and reversal process. Our caring client advocates are her to provide information and support about all of your pregnancy options.


References:

  • Abortion Pill Reversal / Abortion Pill Rescue. (2019). Abortion Pill Reversal. Retrieved from: https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/reversal-process/abortion-pill-reversal.
  • American Pregnancy Association. (2017, December). Abortion Pill Reversal. Retrieved from: http://americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-pill-reversal/.

Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.

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.

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