Using medication for an abortion is safe, effective, and the preferred option for abortion care by many. During the COVID-19 pandemic, medication has offered an opportunity to end a pregnancy in the safety of one’s own home rather than risking entering a clinic for a procedure. However, this medication is not new. Mifepristone combined with misoprostol has been used to end pregnancies in the U.S. for the past 20 years. And yet, many people do not know how a medication abortion works or what to expect when using medication for an abortion. This is why we created our newest resource: How to Use Abortion Pills fact sheet.
This new fact sheet explains each step that happens when using mifepristone and misoprostol for abortion care. Not only is it broken down into step-by-step instructions, but it also has images to help explain what happens during each step. Additionally, it includes information on what to expect, if and when you should reach out to a clinician for help, and when you can start using birth control.
Using mifepristone and misoprostol to end a pregnancy is a great option for people who might want not want to go through the abortion care process in a clinic – during COVID or otherwise – and it is very safe and effective. Patients should be provided with this option along with all the information they need to support them through this process. We encourage you to share the new How to Use Abortion Pills fact sheet, along with the rest of our resources!