If you have an unplanned confirmed pregnancy and are considering an abortion, while CAPS does not perform or refer for abortions, we can offer education on the types of abortions available. This includes medical and surgical abortions, the pros and cons of abortion, and your legal rights.
To help you understand surgical vs medical abortion pros and cons, we provide information about Surgical Abortion and all other abortion options.
The use of the Abortion Pill (RU-486) is considered a medical abortion or a non-surgical abortion; it is a combination of two drugs—mifepristone and misoprostol—designed to induce an abortion. It should not be used if it has been more than 10 weeks since your last period. Please note the abortion pill is not the same as the “morning after pill” – the morning after pill is considered an emergency contraceptive to ideally prevent a pregnancy, while the abortion pill is intended for women who are pregnant already. Medical abortions are so named because they use medicines to end the pregnancy, not surgical methods.
If you are unsure about what to do with your pregnancy, do not take the abortion pill spontaneously or on a whim, but consider speaking with a CAPS nurse for information and support – see our contact information below.
If you are having second thoughts about the pill and less than 72 hours have elapsed since you took it, consider contacting which is the APR Helpline (not a CAPS service) to be referred to a local doctor or clinic who can discuss with you the options for Abortion Pill Reversal.
- Abortion pill side effects can include heavy bleeding, fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramping.
- Most medical abortions using mifepristone are completed within in a few days. You may experience bleeding that lasts 7-10 days after taking the medication and should contact a physician if your bleeding continues past then. RU-486 or the abortion pill may bring about other adverse effects so it is important to get in touch with a physician if any of these occurs.
- Two weeks later, you must return to the clinic for an ultrasound to be sure all the contents of the uterus are expelled.
- If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required for successful abortion of the fetus.
- The abortion pill may be reversible and the Abortion Pill Reversal Helpline can give you information and refer you to a clinic for treatment – however, it is best to make the decision to reverse it within hours of taking the abortion pill (though success has been reported in a window of up to 72 hours.)
Be especially vigilant following a medical abortion as excessive bleeding is a possible (but rare) symptom and could be indicative of hemorrhaging (as mentioned above) and therefore you would need to go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room.
In cases when a medical abortion fails to terminate the pregnancy, a surgical abortion will become necessary to complete the abortion.
If you believe that abortion is the right choice for you then carefully research the abortion clinic near you where you intend to have the abortion procedure performed.
Below are questions to ask – we can help you through all the questions and issues you should address.
- Is the abortion provider a licensed medical clinic?
- Will a licensed OB/GYN physician will be performing the abortion procedure?
- What type of after-care, both physical and emotional, do they provide, if any?
- Do they clearly and completely explain your legal rights?
- Do they provide testimonials from other patients who have used their abortion services?
- Try to speak with someone who has used the services of that provider in order to find out what their experience was like.
We also recommend STI / STD testing to prevent an active infection from spreading. You will also want a blood test to find out your blood type. If you are Rh- (negative), you may need an injection of Rhogam so there won’t be an effect on future pregnancies.
You should understand your legal rights. For patient rights information, or more about RU-486, call or schedule an appointment with our professional staff – see below.
To get immediate help anytime, contact us at any of the 4 clinic locations, call us at 619-337-8080, or schedule an appointment.
All pregnancy services are Free and we provide low to no cost STI / STD testing. All of our services are confidential. Your privacy matters.