When you call to schedule an appointment for an abortion procedure, please be aware that we will be reviewing a great deal of information with you, so give yourself about 10-15 minutes of private time to speak with us. We will need to determine how far you are into your pregnancy, as measured from the first day of your last normal period (LMP). During this time we will discuss which abortion procedure is right for you, medication or surgical.
Once you have made your abortion by pill appointment, if you can, please download, print, read, and complete the following set of forms: Instructions for your Medical Abortion Appointment
On the day of your medication abortion, plan to be at the Health Center for approximately 2 hours. You will need to have several labs completed including a urine pregnancy test and blood tests for Rh typing and anemia. You will meet with our medical practitioner, who will review your medical history and do a brief physical exam and pregnancy-dating vaginal ultrasound
Afterwards, you will speak privately with a health care worker. At this time, we will discuss your options with you, answering any questions you may have. It is important that you understand the risks and complications associated with all three of the pregnancy options; and that you make a choice regarding your pregnancy of your own free will. Your health care worker will provide you with in-depth information regarding the abortion procedure and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure or your decision to terminate the pregnancy.
Your health care worker will also help you examine the different methods of birth control and other related considerations as you determine which method of contraception is best for you. It is important to remember that all birth control methods try to prevent pregnancy, but most do not prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. If you are sexually active and using a form of birth control, it is important to pick a method that you will remember to use as directed to reduce possible failure.
They will give you the first medication, Mifeprex, which you take by mouth in the office. You will be given our Equality Health Center handout Equality Health Center Medical Abortion Home Care Instructions which provides detailed instructions and what to expect.
Between 24 and 48 hours after you take the Mifeprex in the office, you will take Misoprostol at your home, at a time you have agreed on with your practitioner. After taking Misoprostol you should expect to have moderate to heavy bleeding and cramping that can be mild to severe at times. The pregnancy tissue is usually passed within six to eight hours from the time you take the Misoprostol, but it may take longer, which is why we ask you to clear your schedule for 24 hours.
Equality Health Center staff are on-call 24-hours a day, 7 days/week to respond to medical emergencies, answer questions and provide support to those undergoing the medication abortion procedure at home. We urge those choosing this method to call us if they have any concerns about the process or their symptoms.