What to expect during treatment
A medical abortion uses medication to end a pregnancy. The treatment involves taking two types of medicine at two different times. It is the safest treatment option up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy for most people.
Some clients may need to take the two types of medicine at the same time; if this applies to you, the nurse will discuss this with you during the appointment.
The first medication that is taken, called mifepristone, blocks the hormone needed for pregnancy to grow. You will receive a package containing your abortion tablets. It is important to have 24-48h between the first and second tablets. Take your first tablet (mifepristone) when you receive the package.
A second medication is called misoprostol, which causes the body to expel the pregnancy from the womb. Misoprostol causes the softening and opening of the cervix (neck of the womb) and contractions of the womb, so that the pregnancy can pass through the vagina. We recommend taking some pain relief tablets 10 minutes before taking misoprostol. You can take misoprostol between 24-48 hours after you have taken the first tablet (mifepristone).