14 Things You Should Know About The Abortion Pill, Like The Fact That It's 98% Effective

As you probably already know, sex education or education around anything related to women's bodies is not exactly stellar in the US. And when it comes to abortion access or information around abortion, it's even worse. But everyone deserves accurate, accessible information so they can make informed decisions when it comes to their own body and their own life.

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This classic scene from Mean Girls is unfortunately a little too on the nose for a large portion of America's sex education system.

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And when it comes to the abortion pill in particular, a lot of people have questions. So we spoke to Melissa Grant, chief operating officer of Carafem — a network of reproductive health clinics that offer compassionate, convenient abortion, birth control, and testing services — to answer some of the most common questions about the abortion pill.

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1.First, what exactly is the abortion pill?

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2.And how does this pill work in your body?

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The first pill, mifepristone, blocks a hormone necessary for a pregnancy to continue. The second medication is a set of four misoprostol pills. Misoprostol works by stimulating the uterus to cramp and bleed so the pregnancy will leave the body.

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3.When should someone take the second abortion pill? Can someone take misoprostol at night?

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4.How much does the abortion pill cost the average person?

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5.Where can someone find access to the abortion pill in the US?

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6.How much time does someone have to decide whether or not to take the abortion pill?

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According to Grant, you have up to 11 weeks into your pregnancy, as measured from the start of your last period.

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7.Is the abortion pill considered safe?

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8.What might the abortion pill feel like in your body after ingesting it?

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9.What kind of efficacy are we talking when it comes to the abortion pill?

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The pill is considered to be 98% effective.

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10.Does the abortion pill work for all body types and ethnicities?

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11.Will the abortion pill impact someone's menstrual cycle moving forward?

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After taking the abortion pill, you may experience light bleeding off and on for several days or longer. Your next period will likely start in about 4–6 weeks. After that, most people will go back to their regular menstrual cycle.

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12.Can you safely use the abortion pill more than once?

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Yes! You can safely use the abortion pill as many times as you need to. Carafem provides respectful quality supportive care as many times as it's needed, with no judgment.

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13.And let's quickly break down the different abortion routes — what should someone consider when looking at options?

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14.And finally, what are possible side effects people should consider prior to taking the abortion pill?

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For more info about this and more, check out this blog about what to expect when taking the abortion pill.

And if you have more questions about abortion via the abortion pill or just about abortion in general, let us know below in the comments! We could always do a Part 2.