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The abortion pill

Abortion Pill Treatments

The government has approved the use of pills by post for abortion treatment. This allows clients to take both pills for a medical abortion up to 10 weeks in their own homes, rather than attending a clinic.

Abortion pill (includes abortion pill at home and in clinic up to 10 weeks)

The abortion pill from 10 weeks up to 24 weeks - always in clinic

What is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill is in fact two medicines. The first medicine ends the pregnancy and is named mifepristone. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the lining of the uterus breaks down and the pregnancy cannot continue.

The second medicine, misoprostol makes the womb contract, causing cramping, bleeding and the loss of the pregnancy similar to a miscarriage.

This method can be used up to 24 weeks of pregnancy at BPAS. What to expect depends on whether the pregnancy is less than or more than 10 weeks' gestation.  It will also depend on whether you can have telephone assessment and your pills by post or if you need to come into the clinic.

Essential information 

Information about Covid-19 vaccines for women of reproductive age