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Non-Surgical Abortion with Mifepristone

Mifepristone is a synthetic hormone originally developed in Europe (the French abortion pill). It was used there for many years where it provided to be safe and effective alternative to surgical abortion. After years of delay because of political controversy, it was approved by the FDA for use in the United States in 2000. We have been using Mifepristone since then with very satisfactory results. It has been our experience that up to the 10th week of pregnancy, Mifepristone is as safe and effective as surgical abortion. Although it involves a longer process and increased pain, Mifepristone is an important option for women whose priority is privacy, autonomy, or the comforts of their own home.

Dr. Benjamin provides a preliminary screening which includes pelvic ultrasound to insure that the stage and location of the pregnancy are appropriate for Mifepristone. If there are no medical issues, we administer the Mifepristone table at the time of the initial visit. We provide a second drug, Cytotec, as well as pain medication of choice with instructions for use at home. We include a 2 week follow-up visit to insure that the procedure is complete.

How It Works
Mifepristone, once absorbed into they system, blocks the “hormone of pregnancy”, progesterone. This is the hormone that maintains the lining membrane of the uterus. Once deprived progesterone, the membrane disintegrates and the pregnancy detaches. If no further action is taken, the pregnancy will naturally miscarry. This may not occur, however, for many days. To hasten the process, we have chosen to administer Cytotec, a drug that is well established as a safe and effective method of contracting the uterus. When taken 6 hours after Mifepristone, it rapidly and reliably causes the uterus to contract resulting in miscarriage.

In our experience, Mifepristone followed by Cytotec has been approximately 95-97% effective in terminating pregnancy when used between the 4th and 10th week of pregnancy. For the small percentage of failure to terminate the pregnancy, surgical termination is strongly recommended and is provided at an additional charge. An additional 1% of patients will require D&C to remove tissue not completely expelled in the process of miscarriage. In general, we have found a high percentage of satisfaction in well selected patients who choose Mifepristone.


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