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Medication Abortion

The Abortion Pill

A medical abortion is a procedure that uses medication to end a pregnancy. A medical abortion doesn’t require surgery or anesthesia and can be started either in a medical office or at home with follow-up visits to your doctor. It’s safer and most effective during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Before we prescribe the medication, a physician at Mile High Women’s Clinic will evaluate your medical history with you and confirm your pregnancy one more time. They will discuss the procedure, the side effects and possible risks. You can have a pre-treatment counseling session if you so desire, although we do not require it. when you’re ready, you’ll receive your medication and we’ll release you to take it on your own time.

How to Prepare for a Medical Abortion in Denver

Before your procedure, make sure you have these items on hand wherever you plan to be recovering:

  • Pain medication
  • Maxi pads — not tampons
  • Lots of fluids and your favorite snacks
  • A fully charged phone
  • A thermometer
  • Someone aware of your situation who can support you and help you if you need it

You may also want to plan to take a day or two for yourself following the procedure. Having a medical abortion can be an emotional, empowering time, and you should ensure you’re taking the best care of yourself possible. This is the perfect time to curl up in your bed with soft blankets, a heating pad, some snacks and your favorite books or movies and just relax.

Rest is an essential part of any recovery, so try not to be too hard on yourself during this time or over-exert yourself until you’re feeling back to normal again. Most people are able to return to their normal activity levels within a couple of days. However, you may experience side effects for upwards of one to two weeks following your medical abortion.

Abortion Pill Clinic Near You

Mile High Women’s Clinic has provided nonsurgical medical abortions to the Denver, Colorado area and beyond for nearly 40 years. We strive to offer an experience that puts our patients first, providing compassionate care at an affordable price. Our team of board-certified obstetricians consists of both male and female doctors to provide the most comfortable experience for you.

If you’re ready to make a medical abortion appointment, contact us today at 303-407-9004. We aim to get all of our patients an appointment at one of our two convenient locations within 48 hours of their call. Our team can also help you with any financing and insurance concerns you may have.

We Are Always Accepting New Patients!
Same Day Procedures Typically Available

Medical Abortion FAQ

Mifeprex is a non-invasive, non-surgical option for ending an early pregnancy. It can be taken up to nine weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period, and it is 90 to 95 percent effective.

You can expect to have some or all of the following symptoms after taking the pill: nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, heavy bleeding, and strong cramping. Usually these symptoms go away after one to two days, but some women experience bleeding for one to two weeks.

It is important to be honest about what you can handle. At Mile High, they talk with each woman individually to provide realistic and accurate information, so each patient can decide for herself. Two weeks after the procedure, you’ll do a post-op visit with your physician, consisting of a second ultrasound and physical exam.

Two medications are used to complete a medical abortion.

Mifepristone (RU486/Mifeprex) is a medication that blocks progesterone, the hormone necessary to maintain a pregnancy. This medication is given at the first visit.

The second medication, Misoprostol, is taken at home 24 hours later. It is placed in the mouth to dissolve for 30 minutes, and then swallowed. This medication causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. Approximately 75 percent of women expel the pregnancy within 24 hours of taking this medication.

Approximately 99 percent. If treatment fails, a surgical procedure could be needed.

You can expect to have some or all of the following symptoms: nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, heavy bleeding, and strong cramping. Usually these symptoms go away after one to two days, but some women experience bleeding for one to two weeks. It is important to be honest about what you can handle. We talk with each woman individually to provide realistic and accurate information, so each patient can decide for herself.

If you develop a fever or you're worried that you're experiencing more pain than is normal, give your doctor a call. They may direct you to come into the clinic or to visit your local emergency room.

Many women describe the medical abortion as being “private” and “more like a miscarriage,” but the method is not for all women.

Every woman is different in her expectations, needs, and tolerance levels. The best thing to do is review all the information thoroughly and be honest with yourself. If you can't handle cramps or heavy bleeding, this is not for you. In our experience, women who make informed decisions and choose the medical abortion/RU486 are very happy with their choice. They report feeling like it was less invasive and more natural than a surgical abortion.

You will receive the following medications at the first visit: Mifepristone (RU486), Misoprostol, and prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. You will also have lab work and an ultrasound. Rh-negative women will be given Rhogam at an additional cost.

It is necessary to return for a follow-up visit to confirm this. This appointment is usually scheduled for two weeks, but you will be given specific instructions at your visit. Your follow-up visit is covered by the initial cost you paid.