Medical Abortion

Abortion means the termination or ending of a pregnancy. It ends the growth of the embryo so it does not develop into a baby. If abortion occurs naturally, it is called a miscarriage or spontanious abortion. If performed on purpose, it is called an induced abortion. The following will describe how induced non-surgical or medical abortions are performed here at Wasatch Women's Center.

If you are having a non-surgical or medical abortion you must no more than 56 days (8 weeks) from your last normal menstrual period. An  ultrasound will be performed to confirm dates.

One day 1 you will be given a tablet called Mifeprex. Mifeprex blocks a hormone needed for your pregnancy to continue. On day 2 , you will need to insert 4 tablets called misoprostol into your vagina. The misoprostol will cause you to cramp and bleed. You will then pass the pregnancy at home within 4- 24 hours. You will need to return to the clinic in approximately 3 weeks to make sure you are no longer pregnant.

Possible symptoms and/or side effects with this method include anything from mild to severe cramping, heavy bleeding for an average of 2 weeks, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, back pain and tiredness.

About 1-5 out of every 100 women using this method will need the surgical method to end the pregnancy or to stop too much bleeding.