Before you decide to have an abortion, know what to expect and what an abortion actually “aborts”. This way when you make your decision, it will be YOUR decision, and you’ll be able to own that decision, and know it’s the one you can live with.
There are several different type of abortions, falling into two categories – chemical or surgical. Each carries it’s own risks and possible complications. Know the facts before you decide.
Emergency Contraception or “The Morning After Pill” – is actually a high dosage of the birth control pill. It must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of having unprotected intercourse.
RU 486 – is not effective before the fourth week of pregnancy. It requires at least three office visits. At the first visit the woman will be given an oral dose of mifepristone, which will destroy the lining of the uterus. Two days later she will be given misoprostol. This drug usually causes the abortion to occur within 24 hours, but can take up to 9 days. A third visit is necessary to ensure that the abortion was complete.
The MTX Abortion – similar to RU-486 except that instead of using mifepristone, the woman is given an injection of methotrexate. This is a chemotherapy drug. It is designed to attach rapidly growing cells. It slows the growth of the fetus and causes it to die. Misoprostol is also used to induce the abortion. If the abortion is not completed a surgical procedure will be necessary.