If you have taken the first abortion pill but are having second thoughts, there is a small window of time where Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) may be possible. Keep reading to learn more about whether abortion pill reversal is an option for your situation.

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

A medication abortion involves taking two different drugs that are only FDA-approved up to 10 weeks (70 days) into the pregnancy.

The first pill, mifepristone, is an antiprogestin, which means that it prevents the pregnancy from receiving the progesterone it needs to continue developing. If progesterone is not received, the uterine lining will break down, causing the pregnancy to eventually detach and end.

Between 24-48 hours later, the second drug, misoprostol, is taken. Because the pregnancy has now ended, this drug will induce uterine cramping to expel the pregnancy.

How Does the Abortion Pill Reversal Work?

Just as mifepristone blocks progesterone, APR administers doses of this hormone to help counteract the antiprogestin effects. However, APR has a small window of time to be successful. It must be taken within 24-72 hours after taking the first abortion pill, mifepristone, but BEFORE misoprostol, the second drug.

According to one study, it was found that 64% of abortions were successfully reversed when women opted for APR, with no apparent risk of birth defects or adverse effects.

What If I’m Not Ready to Be a Parent?

Even if you’re considering reversing the medical abortion, the idea of carrying a pregnancy to term can be overwhelming. The good news is that you are not alone and have time to make a plan that works for you.

Here at Lakes Life Care Center, we can help connect you to resources, provide education and medially based information, and offer a safe space to discuss your unique scenario in a confidential environment.

Contact us today for a free, confidential appointment.

*General information only; please contact a medical provider for more information.