If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, a chemical abortion may be an option you’re considering (also called a medication abortion or the abortion pill). Or, perhaps you’ve already taken the first drug in the abortion regimen and are wondering if you made the right choice.
Regardless, keep reading for more information about how the abortion pill works and whether or not it can safely be counteracted.
How Does the Abortion Pill Work?
The abortion pill process requires two different medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, taken separately 24-48 hours apart. The first, mifepristone, ends the pregnancy by acting as an antiprogestin. This means it blocks progesterone, the essential hormone needed for a pregnancy to continue.
The next is misoprostol, which induces cramping to expel the pregnancy from the body to complete the abortion.
Can You Reverse the Abortion Pill?
It is possible to reverse the abortion pill after taking only mifepristone?
For the greatest chance of success, the abortion pill reversal (APR) medication, Progesterone, should be taken within 72 hours of the first medication (the sooner, the better). APR floods the body with progesterone so that it can counteract the mifepristone, which works to block the hormone. If taken within the correct time frame, this protocol can support pregnancy about 64-68% of the time.
Is Using Progesterone During Pregnancy Safe?
Abortion pill reversal uses the hormone progesterone. The body naturally produces more progesterone during pregnancy, and doctors have effectively used progesterone to treat pregnant women with low progesterone for decades.
A 2020 study concludes that progesterone is safe and effective in reversing the effects of mifepristone.
How Can I Learn About Abortion Pill Reversal?
If you have taken the first medication of the abortion pill, you may be wondering if you’ve made the right decision. Abortion pill reversal is an option within the first 72 hours, and sometimes even later depending on your personal situation. If you have changed your mind about your abortion process, time is of the essence.
To connect with a Soundview medical provider or other healthcare professional for abortion pill reversal treatment, call 877-558-0333 (the 24/7 Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline) as soon as possible.
Reach out to Soundview Pregnancy Services for support, at no cost to you, to answer questions you may have about abortion pill reversal.
If you are pregnant and in need of services, contact us today for a appointment, at no cost to you, and to talk in a safe environment. We’re here for you!