The abortion pill
RU486 is an abortion pill, also known as Mifepristone and serve as an alternative to surgical abortion. However, it can only be used within the first nine weeks of pregnancy. For you to get this drug, you will have to go to an accredited hospital or clinic where certain steps would be taken at first before the drug will be given. Generally, an ultrasound will be conducted to make sure the pregnancy has not exceeded the ninth week and also that it is not tubal pregnancy (ectopic pregnancy).
There will also be tests such as blood tests and medical history before the drug will be given. This is because people with specific medical conditions cannot take the drug. The pregnant woman will also have to agree to a blood test a week after using the drugs to see if it was effective.
The combination of Mifepristone with Misoprostol is necessary to terminate a pregnancy, and such a process will require the pregnant woman to visit the clinic at least three times. It is necessary to complete the medication, and about 14 days after using the drugs, a hospital visit is in other. There are times when RU486 drugs interact with other medications such as those for treating HIV or hepatitis, medicines to ensure acceptance of transplanted organs, medication for migraine headache, antibiotics, antifungals, medication for blood pressure or heart, medicines for seizure, or thyroid drugs.
Thus, your doctor should know the supplements and medications you are on at that time. It is possible for Another pregnancy to develop after the termination and before menses resumes normally.
Once a woman agrees to continue with the abortion, the pregnant woman would be given two pills. The First one is Mifepristone which has to be taken first, and the second is Misoprostol which should be taken about 24 hours later. These medications generally lead to heavy bleeding and cramping, which shows that the pregnancy has been terminated. In some cases, the bleeding and cramping might last for a longer period, but it is advisable to see a doctor once it is more than two days.
The doctor will give general advice on how to manage the symptoms, but the person should avoid taking alcohols, hard drugs, or smoking for at least two days after using the abortion pill.
In the week after the abortion, it is also advisable not to have vaginal sex and avoid bathing, swimming, using tampons, and performing any stressful activity to reduce the risks of infections.
It is not every woman that can use Mifepristone. It is totally unsuitable for those on blood-thinning medication, have high blood pressure, are allergic to drugs that contain Mifepristone; are fitted with an IUD (except it is removed), or have any other medical conditions. It is for this reason that medical history is highly essential and should be seen and studied by the doctor before any prescription of the drug.