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What Is Abortion Pill Reversal?

It’s an unfortunate truth that many women who choose to undergo an abortion have regrets – and some start having them immediately after taking abortive medication. In the past, these women would have had to finish a procedure they no longer wanted. Now, however, there is another option: a medical treatment to reverse the effects of the abortion pill.  For more information, call The HOPE Center at 770.766.8063, text 770-214-4317, or stop by one of our centers at any time.

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How Abortion Pills Work

The abortion pill reversal process is based on the way the abortion pill itself works. The abortion “pill” is actually two separate medications given at different times. The first, mifepristone (also known as Mifeprex or RU-486) is a steroidal drug that inhibits the actions of the pregnancy hormone progesterone. It is given at the first appointment with a doctor and prepares a woman’s body for abortion by softening the cervix and degrading parts of the placenta.

However, mifepristone alone does not complete the abortion process. Within 24-48 hours after taking it, a woman must take a second drug, misoprostol, to complete the abortion process. Misoprostol causes uterine cramps and contractions that detach the embryo from the uterus and induce a miscarriage.

Because there is a delay between taking mifepristone and misoprostol, an abortion is not immediate. This delay is what makes the abortion pill reversal a possibility.

The Abortion Pill Reversal Process

Abortion pill reversal is based on reversing or avoiding the effects of the first abortive drug, mifepristone. Because mifepristone works to block progesterone receptors, abortion pill reversal attempts to overwhelm the drug with supplemental progesterone.

By giving a woman who has taken mifepristone high doses of supplemental progesterone, doctors can reduce the effects of the drug and attempt to save the pregnancy. The supplemental progesterone negates the mifepristone in the body until the abortion drug is out of the woman’s system and her own progesterone can support the pregnancy normally.

Research shows that when high dose oral progesterone taken within 72 hours of the first abortion pill, Mifepristone, is about 65% effective in stopping the effects of abortion drugs and saving a pregnancy. In other words, about 65% of women who undergo the reversal will be able to continue on and have a normal pregnancy with no harm to the baby. While this isn’t a perfect success rate, it’s a rare opportunity for a second chance for women who regret their initial choice.

Can I Get an Abortion Pill Reversal?

If you have already taken mifepristone and you regret your choice, it may not be too late. Call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline today at 877-558-0333 to speak to a caring, confidential representative and learn more about your options, or visit their website now at www.abortionpillreversal.com.

That said, you shouldn’t rely on reversal if your mind isn’t made up. If you aren’t sure whether you really want an abortion, the best decision is to take the time to speak with someone who can help. The loving staff at The HOPE Center is here for you. We offer free pregnancy services, such as pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, as well as free decision help and counseling to any pregnant woman or couple looking to learn more about their pregnancy options. Call us today at 770.766.8063, text 770.214.4317 , or visit our website to schedule your free appointment.

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