Reversing the Abortion Pill

Each unplanned pregnancy is unique, and different pregnancy options appeal to different women. Some women take the abortion pill because they don’t want to undergo the abortion surgery, and so it comes across as the most appealing abortion. One aspect about the abortion pill that is not true for an abortion surgery is that it can be reversed!

How can I reverse the abortion pill?

Call it the abortion pill, chemical abortion, or RU-486. Whatever you call it, it is a two-part prescription.  First, a woman takes mifepristone, which blocks the effects of progesterone, preventing the growth of a healthy baby—and, ultimately, causing its death. About 24-48 hours after taking mifepristone, she takes misoprostol, which causes contractions that expel the remains of her unborn child from her body.

If a woman takes the first medicine and changes her mind about going through with the abortion, it may not be too late for her to stop the effects.  Abortion pill reversal is most successful when the process begins within 24 hours of a woman taking that first mifepristone pill—but it can succeed if reversal begins as much as 72 hours after that first pill. The antidote? Progesterone treatments throughout the first trimester.

We are always grateful to receive calls from women seeking help in reversing the abortion pill. It is gratifying to support a woman who has had a change of heart, and wants to give life to her child.

One such recent call came from a woman who had just taken the first pills to abort her baby. She immediately vomited, which concerned her—and she wondered what kind of physical symptoms she could expect when she took the next set of pills. That’s when she called Free Women’s Clinic Referral Service, asking for information on how the abortion pill works. Through the course of the conversation, our representative referred the client to the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline. We later learned that the client not only called the hotline, but went on to receive progesterone treatments at a local pro-life clinic—an option she would not have known about without reaching out to us.

Abortion pill reversal is not fool-proof. Before the process can begin, an ultrasound confirms that the unborn child is still alive. Once treatments start, the reversal process has a 55 percent success rate. But a 55 percent chance at life is better than no chance at all. Women who have taken the abortion pill at least have an opportunity to reconsider their decisions—once a surgical abortion begins, on the other hand, there is no turning back.

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