How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill (also known as medication abortion) actually consists of two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is taken first, usually in a clinic. This medication cuts the supply of the hormone progesterone to the embryo, which is needed to maintain the pregnancy. The embryo stops growing without a steady supply of progesterone.

Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later at home. This medication makes the uterus cramp and expel the fetus, which completes the abortion.

How Late Can You Take the Abortion Pill?

Some abortion clinics in Kansas allow the abortion pill to be taken up to 11 weeks of pregnancy. However, the FDA advises against taking it beyond 10 weeks of pregnancy (or 70 days since the first day of your last menstrual period)[1]. This is because it becomes less effective the farther along you are.

If you take the abortion pill later on in your pregnancy, you could experience serious complications and may need emergency surgery to complete the abortion.

Is Abortion Legal in Kansas?

Currently, abortion is legal in Kansas up to 22 weeks of pregnancy[2]. We highly recommend receiving an ultrasound before an abortion, so you can make a fully informed decision.

Can I Order the Abortion Pill Online?

The FDA advises against ordering the abortion pill online. Many online abortion pill providers are located overseas, so the pills they provide may not meet FDA standards[3]. These pills could be counterfeit, expired, or even tampered with. It’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid ordering the abortion pill online.

Abortion Pill Information in Wichita, KS 

When those two lines first appear, it can be easy to panic. Don’t let fear make the final decision for you. Get the care and support you deserve at A Better Choice. We offer free pregnancy resources, so you can make an empowered decision for your unplanned pregnancy:

  • Free pregnancy tests
  • Free ultrasounds
  • A safe, non-judgemental place to explore your pregnancy options and share what’s on your mind

Call or text us at  (316) 685-5757  or schedule your appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge!

    Sources

    1. FDA. (2023, September 1). Questions and Answers on Mifeprex. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifeprex   
    2. Article 67. – ABORTION. Kansas State Legislature. (2022). https://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2023_24/statute/065_000_0000_chapter/065_067_0000_article/065_067_0003_section/065_067_0003_k/ 
    3. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2023, March 23). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information 

     

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