What is medication abortion?

Medication 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 causes the pregnancy to terminate and the uterus to expel the products of conception. Medication abortion is also sometimes referred to as medical abortion, the abortion pill, non-surgical abortion, or non-aspiration abortion.

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 other questions about medication abortion, please visit our page on frequently asked questions.

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Last updated: September 2009