Mendo Lake Women's Clinic provides evidence-based pregnancy options education and medical services at no charge to our patients, but we do not refer or perform abortions.

Abortion Pill

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So you’re pregnant – full of anxiety, fear, or confusion. No matter what you choose to do next, you’re not in this alone. An unplanned pregnancy may seem like the end of the world to you, but you have three pregnancy options: abortion, adoption, or parenting. Here is more information about the abortion pill and what the risks and side effects are. You deserve to know the facts before choosing any option. Get the clarity you need today to take your next step.

What is the Abortion Pill?

Also known as medication abortion, the abortion pill (RU-486) terminates an existing pregnancy through two different drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Only women up to 10 weeks pregnant are eligible for the pill. 

Mifepristone causes the uterus lining to thin and prevents the embryo from growing by blocking the womb from absorbing progesterone. This first step of the abortion pill process should be taken with a medical professional. 

The second pill, Misoprostol, is then prescribed and then normally taken at home. Misoprostol causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy through the vagina. With taking both drugs, follow-up with a medical professional is vital to confirm that the pregnancy was terminated and there are no complications. 


The Risks & Side Effects

Now for what women really struggle with when deciding – the risks and side effects. There are serious risks and side effects to consider before taking the abortion pill. It’s important to alert a doctor right away if any of these side effects are severe.


  • Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
  • An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
  • Digestive system discomfort
  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fever

Side Effects

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea

The Pill Is Not Meant for Everyone

The abortion pill is not advised for women who have anemia, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizure disorder, acute inflammatory bowel disease, or use an intrauterine device (IUD).

Before Deciding on the Abortion Pill

To become eligible for the abortion pill, a confirmed lab-quality pregnancy test and ultrasound are needed to verify you have a viable pregnancy and how far along you are. We offer these pregnancy confirmation services at our clinic at no cost to you. 

If you are still undecided and want to talk in a safe and confidential environment, we are here for you. We can talk through all your pregnancy options.

Schedule a no-cost & confidential appointment with us! You are never alone.