There’s a lot of misinformation about the abortion pill and how it works. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you have already confirmed your pregnancy and are wanting to terminate your pregnancy, take the time you need to learn about the pill and all your options.

What is the abortion pill?

It’s called RU-486 and was approved by the FDA in 2000 as a method to terminate a pregnancy up to 9 weeks. The FDA now allows it to be taken up to 11 weeks pregnant in some cases.   The pill is actually two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken in two separate doses. There are several names of RU-486 including medical or chemical abortion.

The abortion pill is not the same as the emergency contraceptive, The Morning After Pill or Plan B OneStep or Ella. It should never be used as regular contraception.

How is it taken? Is it permanent?

It is usually taken between 4-6 weeks but can be taken up to 11 weeks in most cases. Abortion pill reversal is possible if action is taken after the first dose. There are doctor’s in South Jersey that offer abortion pill reversal and help women maintain a healthy pregnancy and birth.

How much does it cost?

The cost greatly varies depending on where you get it and how far along you are. In New Jersey, it can range between $400-$700. Most insurance companies do not cover it, but if your provider does, some do up to 50%.

Is the abortion pill the right choice for me?

Before making any decision, learn more about all your options and talk to a nurse about your health history. The abortion pill has a range of symptoms from minor side-effects like heavy cramping, bleeding similar to your period, digestive pain, fever, and nausea. Some people also experience more complicated side-effects like intense abdominal pain, heavy bleeding, vomiting, infection or septic shock. An incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion, is rare but also listed as a potential side-effect.  It is not an option for people with certain medical conditions.

Before you take the abortion pill, you first need an ultrasound to verify how far along you are and if the pregnancy is viable. Learning how far along you are will help you determine the cost or if you are eligible for a chemical abortion.

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