How Does The Abortion Pill Work?

The abortion pill is also known as medication abortion or medical abortion. It uses two drugs over a 24 to 48-hour period to terminate a pregnancy. The FDA has approved the abortion pill method up to 70 days from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period. In other words, the gestational age should be 70 days (10 weeks) or less.

The first pill in this method is called Mifeprex. This drug blocks the uterus from absorbing a hormone called progesterone. For your pregnancy to continue, you need progesterone. The pregnancy ends without progesterone.

Misoprostol is the second drug. It causes cramping and bleeding as the body works to expel the pregnancy.