Medical Abortion

Abortion Pill (Medication / Medical Abortion) up to 10 weeks

For pregnancies up to 10 weeks, we offer medication abortion services. Medication abortion, or the abortion pill, is one of the safest, most effective, and least invasive abortion procedures. The process consists of taking a series of two different medications, Mifepristone, and misoprostol, to terminate the pregnancy. If you’re considering this option, we can answer any questions you have about medication abortion and guide you through the process.  

What to expect during a medication abortion

Common side effects of taking the abortion pill include bleeding and cramping which generally start after taking the second medication. There may be some mild nausea experienced by some people with these medications.  

While the amount of cramping and bleeding depends on the patient, it is usually moderate to heavy amount.  As long as your bleeding does not exceed the use of two menstrual pads per hour for two or more hours, then it is considered a normal amount. You may also pass several large blood clots from the vagina, they may even be as big as a tennis ball. This is normal.  

The cramping is usually well-tolerated and can and can be treated like cramping you experience during a normal menstrual period. Things like a heating pad, pain medication, or a hot shower can help to lessen the discomfort.  

We provide educational videos about options counseling, medication abortion, procedural abortion, and pain management options.

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Medication Abortion (FAQ)

The medication abortion is carried out by taking two medications over the course of 1-3 days. The first pill is called mifepristone. This pill blocks pregnancy hormones and stops the pregnancy from growing. We will give you this pill in our clinic and you take it while here. Within 24-48 after taking the first medication, you will take the second medication. The second pill is called misoprostol. This pill causes the cervix to open and it also causes the uterus to have cramps which cause the pregnancy to leave the uterus. You take this medication by either inserting small pills in your vagina to dissolve or by putting the small pills in your mouth and holding them in your cheeks until they dissolve. You will be given this medication to go home with and take at your convenience during the 24-48 hour window. Once the process is completed, we will have you take a home pregnancy test a few weeks later to make sure the pregnancy hormone levels have fully dropped in your body.  

This depends on the length of your pregnancy and which abortion procedure is chosen. Your payment will include the prep work (ultrasound, lab work, etc.), medication, anesthesia, and all follow-up care at our clinic. Please feel free to contact us and we can give you a clearer answer based on your personal circumstances. 

You can take the abortion pill(s) up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. After 10 weeks, the abortion pill(s) are less effective and there are higher rates of complications and so abortion procedures are preferred.

Like any medication, abortion pills do come with risks but complications are very rare. The risks include failed abortion (meaning the abortion pills did not work), hemorrhage (or heavy bleeding), and infection. We thoroughly check the current state of health and history of health in all of our patients for any risk factors before we prescribe the abortion pill to reduce these risks. The abortion pill is NOT associated with an increased risk of infertility, future pregnancy loss (or miscarriage), breast cancer, or depression.  

The abortion pill has a high rate of success, from 90-95% depending on how far along in the pregnancy it is taken. If the abortion pill happens to not work in your case, you may be given extra doses of the medications which usually result in the completion of the abortion. In rare cases, you may need to have an abortion procedure to complete the process.  

There are no restrictions on when you can have sex again after a medication abortion. Remember though that it is possible to become pregnant shortly after a medication abortion and so be sure to have a birth control plan in place if you want to prevent additional pregnancies.

Medication abortions are incredibly well tolerated. For most patients, you will be able to return to work the day after the heavy cramping/bleeding has occurred. 

No, you do not. The choice to have an abortion is your choice, and you can do so legally without anyone else’s consent/permission 

In Illinois, a pregnant minor does not need their parents’ consent/permission to have an abortion. We are here to support you, and we will not contact your parents if you come to us for abortion care without your permission. 

We understand that having an abortion can be a difficult choice and that some people close to you may not support your decision. Due to this, we hold patient confidentiality in the highest regard. We will never inform another person of your abortion unless you specifically ask us to. Your information is completely confidential, and we will not share it with anyone. 

We recommend that you make an appointment before coming in to see us. We do try to accommodate walk-in patients, but to respect the patients who called ahead and have appointments, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen that same day if our schedule is already full.