Abortion Pill

The two pills used in an at-home abortion.

What Is The Abortion Pill?

Are you considering an at-home abortion?  The abortion pill is actually two different medications. These medications are United States FDA approved for a non-surgical abortion up to 10 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. There are various factors that will impact your decision on the type of abortion procedure. Each procedure costs at least $400, and often more. Contact us today for a free consultation. Our medical professionals are here to help you understand the abortion pill and your at-home abortion options. Get the facts. Book your Appointment

Demonstrating how the abortion pill will terminate a pregnancy.

How does the abortion pill work?

The abortion pill works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Progesterone is required for a pregnancy to continue. When progesterone is blocked, the baby is not able to get nutrients and oxygen it needs, resulting in the death of the baby.

If the abortion provider determines that the abortion pill is right for you, he/she will prescribe the first pill to take orally, which will cause the death of the baby over the next few days.

Next, 24-48 hours later, the second medication is taken at home. These tablets are placed inside the cheeks for 20-30 minutes and given time to absorb. This medication causes the uterus to contract, and the baby and the contents of the uterus are expelled.  Cramping may be severe, and vaginal bleeding usually lasts for one to two weeks.

Vector image of an abortion doctor in Virginia

Do I need to see a doctor to get the Abortion pill?

Abortion pills are available from your abortion provider, as well as online pharmacies.  However, buying the abortion pill online is not recommended, and can be dangerous. Did you know that drugs that are sold online are not subject to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manufacturing controls or the FDA’s inspection of those facilities? There is no way for you to be sure what these medications contain.

Some websites claim to provide instructions on how you can have your own abortion at home. Following these instructions can be dangerous and may or may not end your pregnancy.

It is also very important that you follow up with the abortion provider one to two weeks after you take the abortion pills to determine if the abortion is complete.  If the abortion is not complete, you may need to have a D & C to remove any residual uterine contents to prevent further bleeding and/or infection. Sometimes the doctor will prescribe an additional dose of medication. If that doesn’t work, then they do a D&C.

A package of morning after pills, formally know as "plan-b".

What Is The Plan B Pill?

The Morning-After Pill is a drug that contains a high dose of progesterone and is intended to be taken as soon as possible within the first 72 hours after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.

The effective time of use for Plan-B showing as 72 hours.

How Does Plan B Work?

Plan B may prevent ovulation, it may affect the lining of your fallopian tubes so that sperm cannot reach the egg, and it may irritate the lining of your uterus, making it harder for the embryo to implant in your uterus.

A set of abortion pills used to terminate a pregnancy at home.

What Is The Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill consists of two medications that are mainly used for at-home abortions. These medications are FDA approved for a non-surgical abortion up to 10 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period.

The cost of pregnancy termination pills in Virginia

How Much Do Abortion Pills Cost?

Abortion clinics in the Northern Virginia area charge between $400 and $500 for the abortion pill. If the abortion pill is not effective, you may need a D & C, which may include additional costs.
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A target to illustrate how well termination pills work on pregnancy.

Is the Abortion Pill Effective?

The abortion pill regimen does not always cause an abortion. Failure rate increases with advancing gestational age (how far along you are). It is very important to follow up with your abortion provider to make sure the abortion is complete. If the abortion is not complete, you may need to have a D & C to remove any residual uterine contents to prevent further bleeding and/or infection.

A badge of security for the safety of pregnancy ending pills.

Is It Safe To Have An At-Home Abortion with Pills?

Many women ask about the side effects and risks of the abortion pill. Cramping may be severe, and bleeding usually lasts one to two weeks. It is possible that the patient may see identifiable parts of the fetus expelled if the patient is beyond 8 weeks from her last LMP.

Typical side effects are severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, fever, chills, and incomplete abortion.

Meet with a medical professional to find out which option is best for you at First Care Women’s Health. Book your Appointment

Getting abortion pills through delivery in Virginia

Where can I get the abortion pill?

Abortion pills are available from your abortion provider, as well as online pharmacies.

However, buying the abortion pill online is not recommended, and can be dangerous. Did you know that drugs that are sold online are not subject to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manufacturing controls or the FDA’s inspection of those facilities? There is no way for you to be sure what these medications contain.

Some websites claim to provide instructions on how you can have your own abortion at home. Following these instructions can be dangerous and may or may not end your pregnancy.

Get the facts. Talk to us today.

Illustration considering the ability of reversing the effects of the pregnancy ending pills.

Can the abortion pill's effects be reversed?

If you change your mind about a pregnancy, within 72 hours of taking the first pill, it may not be too late. Some doctors have started using natural progesterone to counteract the abortion pill’s effects. Some women have successfully continued their pregnancies and given birth to healthy babies, while under a doctor’s care, even after taking the first pill.

The use of progesterone is still being studied. Don’t try to counteract the abortion pill without the assistance of a medical professional. Learn more at abortionpillreversal.com or contact your OB/GYN.

Calendar pointing to the ability to take the abortion pill up to 10 weeks after conception.

How far along can I be and still take the pill?

The FDA has approved the use of the abortion pill up to 10 weeks from the first day of your LMP. It’s very important that you know how far along you are. Contact us today for a free pregnancy test and ultrasound appointment to determine if your pregnancy is less than 10 weeks. Book your Appointment

The effects of abortion pills on an ectopic pregnancy

Will the pill work if I have an ectopic pregnancy?

The abortion pill will not end an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. If this condition is not treated early, there could be a risk of the tube rupturing, internal hemorrhage, and sometimes death.

Man giving thumbs up to show the efficiency of abortion pills.

How effective is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill regimen does not always cause an abortion. Failure rate increases with advancing gestational age/how far along you are. It is very important to follow up with your abortion provider to make sure the abortion is complete. If the abortion is not complete, you may need to have a D & C to remove any residual uterine contents to prevent further bleeding and/or infection.

Woman in pain because of previously taking a pregnancy ending pill.

Will it hurt?

The second pill of the abortion pill regimen causes the uterus to contract. This will cause abdominal pain and severe cramping.

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