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RU 486 – The Abortion Pill

Why is RU 486 known as the abortion pill?

RU 486 is known as the abortion pill as it is used only after a woman has a confirmed pregnancy and forces the termination of a pregnancy.

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What is RU 486?

RU 486 is a combination of medications given as a medical abortion procedure to terminate a confirmed pregnancy. Proper administration of the RU 486 should only be done under the guidance of a physician and after a very thorough medical exam. If you or your partner have been prescribed this medication and did not have an exam and/or are not under medical supervision and have concerns, give us a call.

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Is the abortion pill the same thing as the morning-after pill?

No. The abortion pill is not the same as the morning-after pill. The RU 486, also known as the abortion pill, is not the same as the morning-after pill. However, both the RU 486 and the morning-after pill should be seen as a serious drug treatment that does have potential risks and complications even when taken properly under medical supervision. Please be sure that you have medical direction and supervision if you are taking this drug. If you or your partner have taken this drug and have concerns in any way you can contact our medical clinic for more information and support.

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Are there risks to taking the abortion pill?

Yes. The RU 486 is a drug and as with any drug on the market, there are significant risks and potential complications associated with the use of RU 486. Some of the complications you may experience are:

  • Abdominal cramping and pain, often severe
  • An infection which can be life-threatening
  • Heavy and persistent bleeding which can be a medical emergency
  • An incomplete abortion requiring surgical intervention
  • And more

For a complete list, call or text us to schedule an appointment.

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Is RU 486 reversible?

Yes. If you have taken RU 486 and wish to reverse its effects, there are options. However, time is important. The sooner you call, the better. To find out your options please call, text or e-mail anytime day or night to speak with a nurse who will put you in contact with the nearest participating physician.

If you or your partner are considering taking RU 486, or have taken it and have concerns, please contact our medical clinic. We have highly trained nurses on-call 24/7 to discuss any questions and/or concerns you may have.

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The information on this website is provided for educational purposes only. We do not perform or refer abortions. The information provided should not be considered to be a diagnosis or used to treat any person in any way. Please always seek in person professional medical advice for all issues pertaining to your health and wellbeing. IVHC is not suggesting medical treatment in any way. This information is purely educational.