Can I really reverse the effects of the abortion pill?
The short answer is, yes, reversal of the abortion pill is possible but not guaranteed. Here’s what you need to know.
The abortion pill reversal process consists of increased progesterone intended to counteract the effects of the abortion pill. The abortion pill reversal has a 64-68% success rate if you begin within 24 hours of taking the first abortion pill (mifepristone or RU-486). However, many successful reversals have been performed when treatment was started within 72 hours of taking the first abortion pill. The reversal needs to be started before you take the second abortion pill (misoprostol).
What does abortion pill reversal look like?
Within 24 to 72 hours of taking mifepristone, reach out to the National Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline to speak with a medical professional who can get you connected to a provider in your area to start the reversal treatment.
First, an ultrasound will be performed to check for various things like fetal heart rate, placement and how far along you are in the pregnancy.
Then the doctor or medical provider will prescribe bioidentical progesterone to be taken as a pill either orally or vaginally, likely for the remainder of the first trimester. Progesterone is the natural hormone in a woman’s body that is necessary to nurture and sustain a pregnancy.
According to research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, bioidentical progesterone has been used to support healthy pregnancies since the 1950s, receiving FDA approval in 1998. Today, progesterone treatment is commonly used to reduce the risk of premature birth and recurring miscarriage. In addition, progesterone supplementation is an expected part of the management of IVF pregnancies after embryo transfer and has an extensive safety record.
What are the side effects of abortion pill reversal?
Since progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone, side effects are minimal and similar to those commonly experienced during pregnancy.
- Lack of energy
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
If I complete the abortion pill reversal process, will my baby have birth defects?
Progesterone has not been linked to birth defects in children born after a successful abortion pill reversal. The American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stated “No evidence exists to date of a teratogenic effect of mifepristone.” Mifepristone attacks the pregnancy, NOT the baby. Introducing progesterone simply combats the effects of mifepristone by replacing that progesterone so the body recognizes the pregnancy and works to sustain it.