Women considering an abortion typically have two options- either a medical abortion or a surgical abortion. The medical abortion may be referred to as a medication abortion, chemical abortion, or the abortion pill. You may hear the pills called mifeprex, mifepristone, misoprostol, or a previous name, RU-486.
If you are pregnant and considering an abortion, the decision is certainly yours to make. We want you to know we are here for you. Before you decide, make sure that you consider all your options and are aware of all risks and benefits. At Marisol Health, we hope to answer any questions you may have and can empower you to make the best decision for you. We provide free medical information, options counseling, and testing, including an ultrasound. Before choosing an abortion, an ultrasound can inform your decision to help you determine how far along you are, whether the pregnancy is inside of your uterus, and whether the pregnancy is viable. Call us today to make an appointment and to take a step in making the right decision for your life, your body, and your future. Call us at (303)731-6130!
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In Colorado, medical abortion is an option for pregnant women whose period was no more than 70 days ago (or 10 weeks). Two steps and medications are involved in a medical abortion. The first step involves a woman taking a medication called mifeprex or mifepristone by mouth. As a synthetic steroid, it blocks the woman’s body from producing progesterone, which is required to sustain the pregnancy. Within 24 hours of taking the mifepristone, the pregnancy will stop progressing and end. Then, within one or two days, the woman begins the second step by taking a medication called misoprostol, usually by placing the pill inside of her cheek. This medication causes the woman’s uterus to cramp and to expel the pregnancy. At this point, the woman will begin bleeding, typically heavier than a period. Some women report that it feels similar to a miscarriage.
The process of completely expelling the pregnancy can take anywhere from 24 hours to five days. In addition to the painful cramping and bleeding, possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, fever, or chills. Women can typically take pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain. Risks are associated with the abortion pills such as incomplete abortions (requiring a surgical procedure to remove what was left in the uterus), an infection (requiring prescribed antibiotics), long term emotional effects, or severe and prolonged bleeding (requiring further medical intervention).
The cost of a medical abortion ranges anywhere from $50 to $1000. Now you can obtain a medical abortion via a variety of means. But before taking the pills, the FDA recommends that women should have an ultrasound by a qualified healthcare professional to make sure that the pregnancy is within the appropriate timeframe and to ensure that the pregnancy is inside of the uterus (a pregnancy outside of the uterus is called an ectopic pregnancy). 
If you do take the abortion pill, the FDA also recommends women to have a follow up sonogram with a qualified healthcare professional within 4-14 days of taking the pills, to ensure that the abortion was complete. 
You should not choose a medical abortion if it has been longer than 70 days since your last period, if you’ve ever had an ectopic pregnancy, or if you have an IUD in place. You should also check with a healthcare professional if you have medical concerns with your adrenal glands, are being treated with corticosteroids, or have been diagnosed with a blood coagulation disorder. 
Call us today to make an appointment and to take a step in making the right decision for your life, your body, and your future. Call us at (303)731-6130!
If you’ve begun the first step of the medical abortion and wish to reverse what you’ve done, you can call us quickly at (303)789-4968 and we can talk to you and offer help.