WHAT IS THE ABORTION PILL REVERSAL?
Are you considering an abortion but worry about what happens if you have second thoughts? What happens if you take the abortion pill and have regrets? Although surgical abortion is permanent, if you have taken the first dose of mifepristone, you might still have time to reverse the effects.
WHAT IS THE ABORTION PILL?
The “abortion pill” actually refers to a two-step method of terminating a pregnancy through medication. Two medications make up this process. The first is mifepristone, which works by breaking down the uterine lining. Without a healthy environment in which to grow, a pregnancy cannot continue. Another important factor about mifepristone is that it blocks progesterone, the hormone responsible for nutrients necessary for an embryo’s growth. Between 24 to 48 hours after the dose of mifepristone, a dose of misoprostol causes uterine cramps in order to release the embryo and uterine lining. The combination of these medications comprises the abortion pill. It is only an option for pregnancies that are at most 10 weeks along.
HOW DOES THE REVERSAL WORK?
If you take the first medication and regret your decision, there’s good news: reversal is an effective option to continue with your pregnancy. The important thing to keep in mind is that timing is essential. Ideally, you would start the abortion pill reversal process within 24 hours of taking the first medication, but successful abortion pill reversals can occur up to 72 hours afterward.
The abortion pill reversal works by supplementing with progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that helps build and sustain a pregnancy through supporting a healthy uterine environment and providing nutrients to the growing embryo. The goal of prescribing progesterone is to attempt to mitigate the effects of the mifepristone dose. Since mifepristone blocks progesterone, the hope is that the progesterone supplementation will be enough to counteract the attempt to block the hormone. You can take progesterone orally, vaginally, or even via injection.
WHAT TO DO
Have you recently taken your mifepristone dose but regret doing it? The most important thing to do is to act quickly. Call the 24-hour hotline at (877) 558-0333. We work with local physicians to ensure you get the care you need.
One of the reasons it is important to call the hotline is so a health professional can advise on whether you are eligible for a reversal. Immediate and prompt attention is vital in this scenario. According to a recent study, about 64-68% of reversals are successful.
By taking prompt and fast action, you can have the opportunity to continue with your pregnancy and reverse the effects of the abortion pill.
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