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An Early Medical Abortion consists of taking two medicines and it normally referred to as the Abortion Pill.  Taking an abortion pill to end your pregnancy is the simplest and easiest method to have an abortion.  It is not invasive and is a little bit like taking the morning after pill except you take it in two doses over a 48 hours period.

The process is very simple.  You will visit the abortion clinic on the first day and after the usual checks of your records and a final chance to speak with a professionally trained specialist counsellor you will be given the first tablet.  The first tablet that you swallow is called Mifespritone and it stops the hormones in your body from getting ready to accept the fertilised egg.  It also starts to help the lining of your uterus to break down.  You might experience some period type cramps and in some cases you may feel nauseas.  You will then be able to go home.

At your second appointment you will be given a second set of tablets called prostaglandin.  These are usually inserted into your vagina and within four to six hours of taking this medicine it starts to work and the lining of your womb breaks down causing your pregnancy to end with it.  You are able to go home straight away after this treatment too. Your will experience vaginal bleeding heavier than your usual period, some period type cramps and pains and sometimes sickness and diarrhoea.  All these symptoms should pass quite quickly.

The Abortion Pill is the most straightforward method of having an early abortion but it is not always suitable for everyone.  The main factors that mean you are not able to take the abortion pill are:

  • Over 35 years old and regularly smoke
  • If you have an ectopic pregnancy
  • If you have a medical history of heart disease, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease
  • If you are taking anti corticosteroids
  • If you have an IUD
  • If you have adrenal failure
  • If you have any hemorrhagic disease / porphyria / are taking anti-coagulants
  • If you have poorly controlled inflammatory bowel disease

If you are unsure if you are eligible to take the abortion pill you should check with your abortion clinic to see whether you are able to have this treatment.  At your initial consultation you will always be able to talk over the options available to you and select the one that best suits you.

You might find that if you use an Internet search engine you can find companies offering the abortion pill for sale.  This may feel like an easy option and there is no need to visit a specialist clinic but it is strongly recommended that you do not purchase the pill online.  You should always make sure you know it is the right medicine and one that is suited to you and your medical history.  The highly trained and experienced specialists at a licensed abortion clinic are the best people to assess your needs and options.

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