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How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The Abortion Pill (RU-486, or medication abortion) utilizes a series of carefully prescribed pills that terminate a pregnancy. The first pill you are given, mifepristone, is taken in our office. This pill stops the pregnancy from growing. The second set of medications and pain medication are given to you to take at home. These expel the pregnancy. The abortion pill is a safe way to end a pregnancy in the earliest stages without a procedure. Many choose this method because it feels more natural and they like the comfort of being at home, having a friend or family member with them. Having a good support system is essential.