Many women are not aware that there is a non-surgical, medical abortion option for women who are 6-10 weeks pregnant and who live within one hour of our clinic, commonly called the "abortion pill". This option is available at our Cliff Valley Clinic.
Our medical abortion program is the finest available in Atlanta.
- Cliff Valley Clinic was one of the clinical trial sites that helped Mifeprex (one of the medications involved in the abortion by pill) gain FDA approval.
- We have more than a decade of experience providing medication abortions.
This non-surgical option involves taking a medication called Mifeprex, often called the "abortion pill" or by it's clinical trial designation of RU-486. It is available to women who are between 6 and 10 weeks pregnant.
Mifeprex works by blocking progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone necessary for pregnancy to continue. 24 to 48 hours later, at home, the patient will take another medication, Misoprostol, a prostaglandin that causes uterine contractions. Approximately one week after taking the Misoprostol, the patient must return to the clinic for a follow-up visit to make sure the pregnancy has successfully ended.
Mifeprex / Misoprostol abortions are found to be between 95% and 98% effective. Although only about 1% of women will have an ongoing pregnancy after taking the medications, approximately 2%-5% of women will have an incomplete abortion. This will require either a second round of Misoprostol or a surgical abortion. FWHC provides this service at no additional charge to the client.