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  • Medication abortion (or medical abortion) is a safe, reliable and non-surgical means of abortion for people who have made an informed decision that is is the best option for them.
  • Medication abortion is an alternative to surgical abortion in the early weeks of pregnancy (up to 9 weeks). It involves taking medications mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate a pregnancy.
  • Mifepristone (previously known as RU486) is taken by mouth. It ends a pregnancy by blocking the action of the hormone (progesterone) that supports the pregnancy.
  • Misoprostol is also taken by mouth. It causes the cervix to soften and the uterus to contract to expel the pregnancy.
  • Medication abortion is not suitable for everyone. It may not be recommended if you have certain medical conditions, take some medicines (such as blood thinners or steroids) or had allergic reactions.

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Reviewed on: 18-10-2022