Information and Support on Self-Managed Abortion

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 blog Share

Learn more about self-managed medical abortion in the US.

Use the Abortion Pill Safely

Self-managed abortion has been increasingly in the news lately, as uncertainty around abortion laws escalates throughout the US. Women Help’s SASS project provides information and support specifically for those looking to self-manage their abortions in the US.

Medical abortion causes a process like a miscarriage. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the combined use of the medicines mifepristone and misoprostol because the combination has higher effectiveness and fewer side effects.  When mifepristone is not available or accessible; then the next best method is to use misoprostol alone.

What are mifepristone and misoprostol?

Mifepristone and misoprostol – mifepristone blocks receptors for progesterone, a hormone necessary to maintain a pregnancy. It also makes the uterus more receptive to misoprostol.  Misoprostol causes contractions of the uterus, which result in the expulsion of the pregnancy tissue, clots and blood. This combination is 98% effective.

For more information on these medications, their use in terminating pregnancy, and what you need to know if you are considering a self-managed abortion, visit