You may have researched what you think is every available option for your pregnancy. If you’re early enough in pregnancy, you may have decided on the abortion pill. But what happens after taking the first abortion pill? What happens if you change your mind?

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

According to Mayo Clinic, the abortion pill, also known as a medical or chemical abortion, is a two-pill process that can be used up to nine weeks after the first day of your last period. 

The First Abortion Pill: Mifepristone

Mifepristone is the first abortion pill, which blocks the hormone progesterone. Without adequate progesterone, the uterus becomes thin, preventing the pregnancy from growing and staying implanted. 

If you have taken mifepristone but have changed your mind about having an abortion, call the 24/7 Abortion Pill Reversal helpline at (877) 558-0333 immediately. They can connect you with a trained healthcare provider who may be able to prescribe treatment for you to continue your pregnancy.

The Second Abortion Pill: Misoprostol

If you do not want to continue your abortion, do not take the second abortion pill, misoprostol. 

Typically, in a medical abortion, misoprostol is taken after the first pill to cause the uterus to contract and expel the embryo.

Can the Abortion Pill Process Be Stopped?

Many women have worked with trained healthcare professionals to safely and effectively stop the abortion pill process. 

This treatment is sometimes called an abortion pill reversal. It involves taking the natural hormone progesterone under medical supervision to stop the abortion from completing, even after ingesting the first pill, mifepristone. 

What Is the Reversal Protocol?

The reversal protocol requires introducing a high dose of progesterone into the pregnant woman’s system to counteract the progesterone-blocking effects of mifepristone. The reversal protocol is most successful if begun within the first 24 hours after taking mifepristone. 

Does Abortion Pill Reversal Work?

A recent case series showed that medical professionals have been able to reverse the abortion pill process for 64-68% of pregnant women seeking this option.

According to the case series, there have even been successful reversals up to 72 hours after taking the first abortion pill. 

What Should I Do if I Already Took the Abortion Pill?

If you have already taken the first abortion pill and want to stop your abortion, here are your next steps:

  • Call the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) hotline at (877) 558-0333 or contact them via the chat feature on their website. Help is available at any time of day or night.
  • An APR Healthcare Professional will start with a few questions to see if a reversal is possible in your situation.
  • If you choose to go forward with treatment, the healthcare professional will connect you with an APR-trained medical provider in your area.

Where Can I Go To Learn More Before I Make a Decision To Take the Abortion Pill?

If you are pregnant and considering abortion, schedule a free, confidential consultation at our center. 

Our trained staff will answer any questions you might have about the abortion pill and provide information to help you navigate your next steps. 

Schedule your free appointment today.


“Abortion Pill Reversal.” Abortion Pill Reversal – Home,

Delgado G, Condly SJ, Davenport M, Tinnakornsrisuphap T, Mack J, Khauv V, Zhou PS. A case series detailing the successful reversal of the effects of mifepristone using progesterone. Issues Law Med. 2018 Spring; 33(1): 21-31. PMID: 30831017.

“Medical Abortion.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 14 May 2020,

Schedule An Appointment