TheVoiceOfJoyce Good news for women. The two drugs required for a successful abortion are now available in certified pharmacies and by mail order. More than 50% of US pregnancies are terminated by pills according to the Guttmacher Institute. the first pill required , is Mifprestone and the 2 nd pill taken 24-48 hrs afterwards, is Misoprostol. If possible, get checked out by your gynecologist. It’s necessary to see your gynecologist yearly , even into your 80’s. As we age, we need to verify, we’re in good health.

More than half of US abortions are now done with pills rather than surgery, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

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The FDA in 2000 approved mifepristone to terminate pregnancies of up to 10 weeks, when used with a second drug, misoprostol. Mifepristone is taken first to dilate the cervix and block the hormone progesterone, which is needed to sustain a pregnancy. Misoprostol is taken 24 to 48 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel pregnancy tissue.

Bleeding is a common side-effect but serious complications are very rare. The FDA says more than 3.7 million US women have used mifepristone since its approval.

Several FDA-mandated safety requirements remain in effect, including training requirements to certify that prescribers can provide emergency care in the case of excessive bleeding. Pharmacies that dispense the pills also need a certification.

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