The abortion pill

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.

The abortion pill up to 10 weeks

The abortion pill from 10 weeks up to 24 weeks