Abortions and the Abortion Pill in Jacksonville, FL
“The Abortion Pill”. A safe alternative to an early Surgical Abortion.
A medically induced, or “pill option” procedure is readily available to our patients at Florida Women’s Center, which is the medication regimen commonly referred to as the abortion pill or medical abortion, and was previously known by the scientific name of RU-486. This RU-486 medication is actually called mifepristone, and it is a proven and well recognized safe and effective FDA approved non-surgical medical abortion method of ending an early pregnancy. While this is commonly referred to as the “abortion pill,” it is actually two different medications that are taken or administered two days apart. The combination of these two different medications causes a relatively predictable induced miscarriage and passage of an early pregnancy when provided and used up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
It is important to distinguish that the FDA approved abortion pill regimen IS NOT the morning after pill. It is a completely different medical regimen used in a very different way with different results and for different reasons. The morning after pill is simply a high dose of hormones taken immediately after unprotected sex in an attempt to not “have the pregnancy implant” or essentially begin. Once the pregnancy begins however, the Mifepristone medical abortion pill series is the medical option that can be used to terminate a pregnancy. It is important for patients to realize that taking the “morning after pill” will not stop a pregnancy once it has started, but the mifepristone/misoprostol medical regime will, as an available alternative to obtaining a surgical abortion. The morning after pill, as it is commonly called, has no use if you have a positive pregnancy test already. Once you test positive for pregnancy, you will need to obtain the Abortion Pill (Mifepristone/Misoprostol) medical regimen at a facility licensed to provide abortion services to stop an early pregnancy.
The abortion pill is now becoming the preferred choice for patient seeking to end early pregnancies as the reliability of it as an early abortion option has has become well known in the United States. As an excellent alternative to undergoing the surgical abortion process for early pregnancy terminations, it is a reliable and proven alternative for ending pregnancies under 10 weeks if a patient wishes to avoid the surgical abortion procedure. By administering this medicine, we can safely and predictably induce an early pregnancy to pass in a more natural way, with the experience and risks being comparable to an early miscarriage. To obtain this medical abortion option, our physicians must first evaluate you and determine very important safety criteria and provide you with medical information before starting this process. We must determine by Ultrasound that the pregnancy is early and that each patient if a proper and safe candidate for this process. We then counsel you and inform you on how the process will go and what to expect to help you have peace of mind and avoid the many fears and unknowns that are common with spontaneous miscarriages not under the care of doctors. With the peace of mind that we are here if you need us and our professional explanation provided personally by our experienced medical doctors, this process may be right for you and your personal situation if you choose.
The medical abortion pill process includes two different steps and two different medicines, one to stop the pregnancy (which is an event usually not physically noticed by the patient), and the other to cause the ended pregnancy to pass 2 days later (which involves cramping similar to an early spontaneous miscarriage). There are two very important office visits with the physician which must be kept to assure your continued well-being and successful completion of the process. As Florida Women’s Center is the known, experienced abortion provider in Jacksonville, patients also have the peace of mind of knowing that they can be seen by a doctor who is available every normal business day of the week, if there are any issues or questions that occur or arise during this process. It is important to understand that because every patient and pregnancy is different, only a qualified licensed medical physician experienced in the use of the abortion pill method can determine and verify that this “pill method” is appropriate and safe for you. A physician must counsel you on the process and an ultrasound must be done to verify the date of the pregnancy before being cleared to be given the abortion medical regimen. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has concluded that surgical intervention from a failed or incomplete medical abortion process increases 3X from only 3.5% in the early 5-6 week range to 10.3% if the pill process is used on patients above 8 weeks, starting at nine weeks. Re: Mead et al. Risk factors for surgical intervention of early medical abortion. (Published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2019). As we realize that patients need predictable, safe care and full information on the success and expectations of provided medical care, this was a crucial factor in deciding to limit the pill to 9.6 weeks for patient safety. As patient safety is always our primary concern, we recommend not using the abortion pill option after 9.6 weeks for patient safety and well-being. Safety matters. Our physician will discuss your individual situation and candidacy for this medical process when you are in the office. Patients should always be informed so they can make safe decisions.
As it is common knowledge that abortions are becoming more and more highly regulated by many laws which often make the process of obtaining abortions more difficult and burdensome for women and facilities, the mifepristone abortion pill is also regulated. You should only obtain this medicine from qualified physicians that have the ability to provide a surgical procedure called a D and E in the event that the pill regimen is unsuccessful. It is best to go to a facility that has a physician staff available every day like ours which provides patients with the peace of mind knowing a doctor is available should questions or the need for medical assistance arise.
Statistically, the abortion pill is very reliable and safe when provided to women with a pregnancy that is less than 10 weeks. Using the abortion pill regimen past this time can result in a significant chance it may not work completely, which is called an incomplete abortion or miscarriage. This would require the need for surgical intervention. For more information, you can visit the official Abortion Pill website at http://www.earlyoptionpill.com. Our current physician provided administration and individualized protocol of the Abortion Pill process in our office has a completion success rate which is approximately 99%, which is significantly higher than the national average. Our success rate and patient satisfaction is due to our thoughtful approach to patient care and the proper use of these medications under proper circumstances by making sure patients are deemed proper candidates for this abortion pill method of administration.
Finally, we feel that it is important to fully inform you that with all the new laws and regulations imposed on persons obtaining abortions, it is always best to seek care as soon as possible to ensure your options for care remain available.
With all of these facts, just be aware that we have been providing the medical abortion pill since it was available to qualified physicians in the United States over 20 years ago and have this medication available to patients. This gives us remarkable experience in its use and the safety of this method our method is well proven and accepted. We understand the nuances and statistics and can help you understand them as well. It is readily available in our office if you wish, and we will be happy to discuss this with you, answer all of your questions, and provide the abortion pill medicines it to you if you choose and are a proper medical candidate for this method.