You’ve changed your mind. Now what?
You’ve taken the first of 2 medications to induce an abortion, but you’re second-guessing that decision. If you’re within the 24-72 hour window and have not taken the second pill, it may not be too late to save your pregnancy.
Recognizing that you have the autonomy to make an informed decision is an empowering choice and can provide relief. It’s okay to make a decision and then change your mind. After all, that’s normal–sometimes we don’t really know how we’ll feel about a decision until we’ve taken action in a direction.
You may have chosen the direction of a chemically-induced abortion even though you felt undecided. Maybe your family or your partner convinced you it was best, but the truth is that you do have ultimate agency over the choices you make. At Hope Rising Pregnancy Center, we are here to help you get through an unexpected pregnancy and move forward one step at a time.
The first medication is called Mifepristone (RU-486) and is a synthetic anti-progesterone steroid that works by blocking progesterone receptors. The mifepristone competes with the natural progesterone produced by your body to fill specific receptors in your ovary and your womb. Progesterone is essential in pregnancy. It prepares the endometrium, develops the placenta, inhibits contractions, and keeps the cervix closed. Without progesterone, your baby will not get oxygen or nutrients that are needed to live. If you’re still within 72 hours of taking the first pill (Mifepristone) and you have not taken the second pill, your chances are very good that you can still save your baby. You also do not have to worry about birth defects. Mifepristone works on the uterus, or the baby’s environment, not the baby.
There’s a process to reverse the effects of RU-486. It can displace Mifepristone from the progesterone receptors. It allows your body to respond to the natural progesterone and to effectively fight the effects of Mifepristone blockage. This process has a 70% success rate.
Is Abortion Reversal Safe?
According to americanpregnancy.org, “the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) supports the procedure and in its public statement on abortion pill reversal, states three important things:
Progesterone is not only undisputedly safe in pregnancy, but is routinely used to protect pregnancies or treat related complications.
For those infants who survive Mifepristone, there is no evidence of birth defects associated with the medication. (ACOG itself has research confirming this).
The success rate of the abortion pill reversal is about 70% if taken within 72 hours of taking the Mifepristone.
What steps should I take now?
You can call the abortion reversal hotline, which is available to you 24/7. When you call, you will be connected to a nurse who can connect you to a physician or a pregnancy center in your area so that you can get an ultrasound to verify you still have a viable pregnancy, and get you started on progesterone immediately. Remember, time is of the essence!!!
The number is (877) 558-0333.
At Hope Rising Pregnancy Centers, we are here to help you every step of the way. We can offer you free pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, and medical resources as well as emotional support to progress through an unplanned pregnancy.
“Abortion Pill Reversal.” American Pregnancy Association, americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-pill-reversal/. Accessed 16 Mar. 2023.