When You Change Your Mind
Sometimes, we make decisions we immediately regret. Abortion is a major decision for any woman and often the decision is made quickly, out of fear or because the woman was told she had no other choice. If you are in the early weeks of pregnancy and have started the process of a medication abortion (the abortion pill), it is possible to reverse the effects.
How Does Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) Work?
The abortion pill method is a two-step process. The first step requires a woman to take the drug mifepristone. This drug blocks the hormone progesterone, the “pregnancy hormone.” Progesterone helps the fertilized egg implant in the uterus. Mifepristone decreases the amount of progesterone causing the lining of the uterus to thin so the fetus can no longer stay implanted.
The Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) process involves flooding the pregnant woman’s system with progesterone, either with pills or injections. By building up the level of progesterone once again, the lining of the uterus thickens and the egg stays implanted. However, timing is everything and studies suggest that progesterone should be given within 24 hours after a woman has taken the first pill. If a woman has already completed the second step of the abortion pill process by taking the drug Misoprostol, APR will not work.
Is Abortion Pill Reversal Safe?
Progesterone is a natural hormone and has been used to support pregnancies for decades. Through abortion pill reversal, medical professionals estimate they have been able to save 64 – 68% of pregnancies. Of course, that also means approximately 35% still lose their babies.
Doctors do agree that neither Mifepristone nor progesterone is associated with birth defects. With any medical procedure, there are risks, but progesterone has not been shown to be harmful overall. Therefore, even if the APR process does not maintain your pregnancy, there are no likely side effects of the added progesterone.
How Do I Get the Abortion Pill Reversal?
You have a very limited amount of time between taking the first drug, mifepristone and attempting abortion pill reversal. Call Onslow Pregnancy Resource Center immediately at 910-938-7000. Or, you can contact the Abortion Pill Rescue hotline at 877-558-0333.
If you are currently facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to talk with someone about your options, a member of our caring staff is available. We understand your situation and can offer you the encouragement and hope you need.