What is the abortion pill?
The abortion pill is a medicine that ends the pregnancy. The medical name for the abortion pill is mifepristone. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the lining of the uterus breaks down and the pregnancy cannot continue.
The abortion pill is followed by another medicine called misoprostol, which makes the womb contract, causing cramping and bleeding 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 9 weeks’ gestation.
You should plan to be at the clinic all day and potentially overnight.
Arriving at the clinic for your treatment
Once you have checked in with the receptionist, your name and date of birth will be checked and you will be asked to go into a waiting room. A nurse will collect you and ask if you would like your support person to accompany you through this stage. The nurse will make sure that all your paperwork is complete and accurate. Your medical history will be confirmed.
How long will I be at the BPAS clinic?
You will be told this when you make the booking – it will depend on whether you are having your consultation and treatment on the same day and when you are scheduled to take both medications. You may take both medications at the same time, 6 hours apart or up to 3 days apart depending on which clinic you attend for treatment.
Can I bring someone along with me?
Space is a limited at our clinics, try to make sure it's only one person. There are no facilities for children so please make arrangements for childcare.
Remember to bring:
- Your prescribed medicines or inhalers
- Stick-on sanitary towels
- Extra underwear
If you are under 16
A female adult of your choice can stay with you throughout your treatment and you need an adult (aged 18 or over) to take you home when it is finished.
You will have a BPAS support person with you throughout treatment. We will also keep your own support person up to date with your progress if you wish and you can rejoin them as quickly as possible if you prefer. More information for under 16s