The Abortion Pill is a non-surgical abortion often referred to as a medical abortion. This early option is available to women within the first 10 weeks (70 days) of their pregnancy.
The regimen consists of two medications, Mifeprex followed by misoprostol. Mifeprex (also knows about as mifepristone or RU486) is a progesterone blocker and is the only FDA approved non-surgical option for early abortion. For more information regarding Mifeprex click here.
Misoprostol is a prostaglandin that will help induce contractions and allow the contents of the uterus to be passed. This regimen is effective in 97% of cases with no surgical intervention required. For the 3% of patients in which the regimen is not effective, a surgical abortion procedure may be required.
Many other facilities offer non-surgical abortions, but do not use Mifeprex. They opt to use cheaper and less effective alternatives such as methotrexate. Methotrexate is commonly used in chemotherapy and not approved by the FDA for non-surgical abortions. It also is less effective than Mifeprex and increases the chances of having to have a surgical procedure.
At Garden State Gynecology we are committed to providing the safest and most effective care and therefore elect to use Mifeprex despite its increased cost.
Your doctor and the support staff at Garden State Gynecology will answer all questions you may have to help you decide which of these services you chose.