Abortion By Pill in Tenafly, NJ

Non-Surgical Abortion

Non-surgical abortion is commonly called “abortion by pill” or medical abortion. It is a non-invasive procedure for terminating a pregnancy. The name of the abortion pill is Mifeprex, and it has also been called Mifepristone and RU-486.

Mifeprex has been available as an early abortion method in the United States since September 2000. You may choose a non-surgical abortion to end your pregnancy if you are between 5 and 9 weeks pregnant based on your last menstrual period and are an appropriate candidate.

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Step 1

On the day of your first appointment, you will go through a pre-procedural assessment, which includes having an ultrasound, vital sign and blood testing, medical consultation, counseling session, and payment. Following your assessment, you will meet with the obstetrician/gynecologist who will perform a pelvic exam. The non-surgical procedure will begin when the doctor administers Mifeprex. This medication is taken orally and will stop production of the hormones necessary to sustain the pregnancy which will cause the pregnancy to detach from the uterus.

Step 2

24 – 48 hours after taking Mifeprex you will take an oral dose of Misoprostol. Misoprostol is a medication that induces the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. You can expect the first symptoms of abortion within 4 – 6 hours of taking the misopostol. You will begin to experience cramping and heavy bleeding. Some women say that the procedure is very much like a heavy period while other women describe the bleeding and cramping as more intense. Please keep in mind that everyone responds to this non-surgical abortion differently. The heaviest of the bleeding and cramping should pass within the first 48 – 72 hours. Afterwards your bleeding should then begin to resemble a normal period. You may continue to bleed and have some mild cramping for up to 30 days.

Step 3

You will return to the office for a follow-up exam which includes a urine pregnancy test and ultrasound. This is the most important part of the procedure, as this is the only way to determine if the abortion is complete and that there are no current complications. If the non-surgical abortion fails to remove all the pregnancy tissue, the physician may give you more misoprostol to expel the remaining tissue from your uterus or perform a surgical abortion. 5-8 out of 100 women will need a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy.