Did you know that the abortion pill is now available online? It is! And as it becomes more available and accessible to people across the world who can pay the price of pills and shipping, there are naturally lots of questions about it. This post covers some of our most frequently asked questions about the abortion pill.
Q: What is Mifegymiso?
Mifegymiso, also known as Mifepristone in other places in the world, is a medical abortion drug you take orally. There are several pharmaceutical companies from India who are making generic brands for Mifegymiso also knows as MTP kit. It can be used to end pregnancies of up to 9 weeks.
Mifegymiso is a package that contains two drugs:
- Mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from continuing, and
- Misoprostol which expels the pregnancy tissue.
Mifegymiso comes in a box with one mifepristone tablet, and 4 misoprostol. First you take the one mifepristone tablet. About 24-48 hours later you take the 4 misoprostol tablets by putting them between your cheek and your gums and letting them dissolve. They should dissolve after half an hour. The pregnancy tissue generally releases within 24 hours.
Even though Canada just approved Mifegymiso, it’s been used in countries all over the world for years.
Q: How Can I Get It?
Mifegymiso can be recommended for people who are up to 9 weeks pregnant. You can only get it with a prescription. This can come from any clinician who has taken the training to administer the drug. This could be from a dedicated abortion provider, some sexual health care providers, and potentially even your family doctor. You can purchase from here also
Q: Are there any side-effects?
Mifegymiso is a medical abortion procedure, which, like any medication, affects people differently.
Common side-effects could include:
- breast tenderness
- chills or hot flushes
- dizziness, nausea or vomiting
Remember to check with your clinician if you notice any symptoms that you’re concerned about.
Q: Is Mifegymiso right for me?
This is tough to say. It depends on your individual situation, and what your priorities are. There are pros and cons to any abortion procedure. Here are some things to consider when deciding if Mifegymiso is right for you:
- Some people prefer medical abortions because you can do it earlier on in a pregnancy, it can feel more private, and you can do all or part of it at home or some other place you feel comfortable.
- There is a small chance that the process may take up a few days or weeks to complete. There is also a small chance that mifegymiso may not be entirely effective, in which case, a surgical abortion is usually required.