Medication Abortion

As of July 20, 2016, Women’s Community Clinic is offering Medication Abortion as part of our integrated women’s health services. Call us at (415) 379-7800 to make an appointment.

Medication abortion is a way to terminate an early pregnancy by using medications. It’s often called the ‘abortion pill’, and it’s an option for women during their first ten weeks of pregnancy.

Medication abortion works through a combination of two drugs: Mifeprex and Misoprostol. Mifeprex blocks the hormone progesterone, which will stop the growth of the pregnancy; Misoprostol will then cause the uterus to contract and help your body expel the pregnancy.

If you decide that medication abortion is right for you, your care will look like this:

If you haven’t been a client before at Women’s Community Clinic, you’ll first come in for a registration appointment with our front desk. There will be no exam during this visit.

After that, your care will proceed like that of existing clients:

  1. You’ll first book an appointment at Quest Diagnostics for a simple blood test to check your blood type;
  2. You will then have two visits at the Clinic.

At your first full visit, which will last about two hours, your provider will perform an ultrasound exam to ensure that you are no more than 10 weeks pregnant, and will review the medication abortion process with you. While at the Clinic, you will swallow a tablet of Mifeprex. Your provider will then send you home with 4 tablets of Misoprostol and instructions for the next step.

Between 24 and 48 hours after you took Mifeprex at the Clinic, you’ll take four pills of Misoprostol at home, and you should expect to have cramping and bleeding. For most women, the abortion will be complete within 24 hours after taking Misoprostol. Between 6 and 16 days after your first appointment, you’ll come back to the Clinic one more time, so your provider can make sure the abortion is complete.

For more information about medication abortion, please take a look at our FAQ.

Have you taken a positive pregnancy test at home, and are you unsure about what next steps to take, or whether medication abortion is the right choice for you? You are welcome to call us for an appointment to discuss your options. We can also help you sign up for MediCal, refer you to other locations for an in-clinic abortion, refer you for prenatal services, or find information on adoption services. 

To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 379-7800.