In-Clinic Medication Abortion
WE Health Clinic provides in-clinic medication abortion for individuals choosing to terminate a pregnancy. An in-clinic medication abortion is completed by using a series of medications. WE Health Clinic uses the medications Mifeprex© and Misoprostol. For more information about Mifeprex©, you can go to the drug manufacturer’s website.
An in-clinic medication abortion is similar to an early miscarriage and is begun at the clinic and completed at home. At the clinic Mifeprex© is given, which works by blocking the hormone progesterone from reaching the pregnancy which stops further development of the pregnancy. Most people do not feel much after taking this first medication, but it may cause mild nausea and spotting. A second medication, Misoprostol, is taken at home 24 to 48 hours later and causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. After taking the second medication, you will experience bleeding and cramping, the heaviest lasting about 4-6hours, then lightening up. Bleeding and/or spotting may continue for up to 4-6 weeks after your medication abortion.
People who are 77 days (11 weeks) pregnant or less by ultrasound may have an in-clinic medication abortion.
Medication abortion appointments last between 2 to 4 hours. During your appointment you will have:
- Lab work.
- An ultrasound.
- A nurse health assessment.
- A meeting with a patient educator to discuss your decision.
A doctor administers the first medication in the clinic (Mifeprex©) and sends you home with the second medication (Misoprostol) and instructions. You will also be given medications for pain and nausea.
Visit our Abortion FAQ page for more information.
Other things to know:
Abortion is available by appointment only. You can usually get an appointment within a week of calling.
Here are some of the forms that you will see during your appointment. No need to fill these out ahead of time unless instructed!