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How to take abortion pills and what to expect

4 June 2020 Blog

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    Whether you are accessing our “At home abortion” service (telemedicine), or attending one of our 60 clinics for a face-to-face consultation, what to do once you have the abortion pills in front of you?

    This guide will help you go through your medical abortion step by step.

    A medical abortion (or abortion pills as sometimes is called) is a very safe procedure, and it involves taking two different types of tablets:

    • The first medication that is taken, called mifepristone, blocks the hormone needed for pregnancy to grow.
    • A second medication is called misoprostol, which causes the body to expel the pregnancy from the womb.

    Watch the video below to find out more about how to take these different pills.

    Your guide to take abortion pills

    Dr Yvonne Neubauer is Marie Stopes UK's Associate Clinical Director: she is passionate about delivering safe abortion care to all pregnant people considering this option. In this short video, she explains what to expect when you take medical abortion pills: what's in the pack that you will receive, how to take the pills and how to do the pregnancy test (included in the pack) 3 weeks after the treatment.

    At Home Abortion Pills: a new telemedicine service

    With the new telemedecine service available, all egilible clients will be able to take both pills for medical abortion up to 10 weeks in their own homes, without attending a clinic.

    This means that if you meet safety criteria to allow for medical abortion without a scan, the abortion medications can either be collected by you from a centre or posted to your home address after your consultation.

    Follow the link to know more about at home abortion pills.

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    You can always contact us if you have any doubt or would like to ask any questions:

    • England, Scotland and Wales: 0345 300 8090

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