Morning After Pill/RU486

Morning After Pill

Before considering taking any form of medication to abort your child, make sure you are informed of the risks you may be taking. Call us for an appointment or come in to talk to one of our counselors about emergency contraceptives and what health implications that could be associated to you when using them.

The morning-after pill is a drug intended to be taken as soon as possible within the first 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It contains a high dose of progesterone, which is found in many kinds of oral contraceptives. It is thought to prevent ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it could inhibit implantation thus causing an early abortion. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.


RU-486, also known as “the abortion pill,” is actually a combination of two drugs — mifepristone and misoprostol — that cause early abortion. It is FDA-approved for use in women up to 49 days after their last menstrual period, however it is commonly used “off label” up to 63 days.

This drug requires three visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills that cause the death of the embryo.  Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramping that expels the placenta and embryo.  The last visit is to determine if the procedure has been completed.

Things to Consider

With any medical procedure, including the use of medications, can have unwanted risks associated with them. Make an Appointment to talk to one of us and get more information about the risks and complications that may arise with these medications. Be informed.