Welcome to the
medication abortion website operated by
Reproductive Health. This site is designed to provide medically accurate and evidence-based
information about medication abortion to researchers and health service providers,
including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives, counselors, community health workers,
and office staff. Educational information is also provided for women
considering the option of medication abortion.
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 periodically.
Since the launch of the website in 2003, www.medicationabortion.com has become a global resource. The website receives more than a million visitors a year from over 200 countries and territories. We have optimized this text heavy website to accomodate users in low resource settings.
This site was last updated January 2015.
What is 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, buccally, sublingually,
and/or intramuscularly, medication abortion causes the pregnancy
to terminate and the uterus to expel the products of conception.
Worldwide, three methods of medication abortion are in practice
Mifepristone & misoprostol
Methotrexate & misoprostol
If you have questions about medication abortion,
please visit our frequently asked questions section.