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Welcome to the Medication Abortion Website operated by Ibis Reproductive Health. This site is designed to provide accurate information about medication abortion to health service providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, counselors, and office staff. Educational information is also provided for women considering the option of medication abortion.

Information contained in this website is derived from literature published in international medical journals. The content of the website has been reviewed by experts in the field and is updated regularly.

This site was last updated September 2009.

What is medication abortion?


Medication abortion, also known as medical abortion, the abortion pill, non-aspiration, or non-surgical abortion, refers to a family of safe and effective methods for terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Through the use of a drug or combination of drugs that are administered orally, vaginally, and/or intramuscularly, medication abortion first causes the pregnancy to terminate and then causes the uterus to expel the products of conception. Worldwide, three methods of medication abortion are currently in practice for early pregnancy termination:

1. Mifepristone and misoprostol
2. Methotrexate and misoprostol
3. Misoprostol alone



If you have questions about medication abortion, please visit our frequently asked questions section.

This month's featured question


I'm 24 years old and I'm not married. I live in the United Arab Emirates and abortion is illegal here. I don't have a lot of money and I just found out I'm pregnant! My boyfriend says that he'll marry me, but I want to finish my studies before I start a family. I need to have an abortion - is there anything that I can do? My last period was six weeks ago.


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About Ibis Reproductive Health


Ibis Reproductive Health aims to improve women's reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide. We accomplish our mission by conducting original clinical and social science research, leveraging existing research, producing educational resources, and promoting policies and practices that support sexual and reproductive rights and health. To learn more about Ibis, please visit the Ibis website (English only).

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