Abortion Pill: Myth vs Facts in Barre, VT

There’s a lot of misinformation about the abortion pill and how it works. If you live in or near Barre, VT we can provide you with a nurse consultation and answer any questions or concerns you may have.



Before Taking the Abortion Pill


Determine how far along you are.

The abortion pill is only effective for pregnancies below a certain age. If you are past a certain week, it may be too late for you to take the abortion pill. Ensure you aren’t putting yourself at risk by getting a free limited ultrasound first and finding out how far along you are.


Make sure the pregnancy is viable.

Approximately 15-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. It is important to first get an ultrasound to determine if the pregnancy is viable. An ultrasound can also rule out an ectopic pregnancy which occurs when the fertilized egg does not correctly move into the uterus. This can be a life-threatening condition and would need immediate action.


How much do you know about the abortion pill?


1. It’s officially called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000. Another name for RU-486 is a medical or chemical abortion.


2. The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, and it’s taken in two separate doses. (One at the clinic and one at home.)


3. It can cost anywhere between $300-$800.


4. The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive or morning-after pills (Plan B One-Step.)


5. Some insurance companies cover a portion of the cost.


6. It is usually taken between 4-6 weeks, but it is FDA-approved up 10 weeks after your last menstrual period (LMP). This should be verified through an ultrasound.


7. Is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.


8. Reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose.


What are some side-effects of the abortion pill?

  1. Cramping

  2. Fever

  3. Nausea or vomiting

  4. Heavy or prolonged bleeding

  5. Infection or septic shock

  6. Digestive system pain or discomfort

  7. Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion

If you are considering the abortion pill, come see us. We provide a free pregnancy confirmation appointment to determine if your pregnancy is viable and how far along you are. With several abortion methods available, this information will determine what options are available and how much it will cost.


Learn more about the pill, how it works, and talk to a nurse about your medical history.


Make an appointment today.


We serve Barre, VT, and women and men in Washington county by providing no-cost, professional, and confidential services.


Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information

https://aaplog.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MFL-FRC-Top-T


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