Ohio law requires all patients to undergo an initial consultation at least 24 hours prior to having an abortion.

During your first appointment, you will receive an ultrasound to determine whether or not your pregnancy is less than 9 weeks 0 days. If you meet this requirement, a patient advocate will help you schedule your medical abortion at our facility.

What is a medical abortion?

This method uses oral medications to terminate an early pregnancy, instead of surgery. It consists of two different types of pills: Mifeprex™ and Misoprostol.

When paired together, these two medications are a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy (less than 9 weeks 0 days as determined by ultrasound).

what is mifeprex?

Mifeprex™ (also known as RU-486 or mifepristone) is a progesterone-receptor antagonist. That's just a fancy way of saying it blocks the hormone that's necessary for a pregnancy to grow. This medication is given to the patient by a doctor on Day 1 (Appointment #2).

what is misoprostol?

Misoprostol (also called Cytotec™) causes the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy (similar to a miscarriage), usually within 48 hours of taking medication. During this time, you will have bleeding, cramping, and flu-like symptoms.

Can I get these pills from my family doctor?

Unfortunately, these medications are not available through pharmacies or at most regular doctor’s offices. Mifeprex and Misoprostol are different from birth control pills or emergency contraception pills (Plan B).

Ohio has strict regulations when it comes to dispensing medical abortion medications. Our staff has received specific training to guide you through this 3-visit process.

FWHC's medical abortion protocol is dictated by Ohio state law.

How much does it cost?

  • $550 (positive blood types)

  • $620 (Negative blood types)

Cost includes:

  • Visit 1: Initial Consultation

  • Visit 2: Mifeprex Dose & Misoprostol Dose to take home

  • Visit 3: 2-Week Follow-Up

  • Rhogam Injection (only for Negative blood types)

medical abortion PROS:

  • avoids surgery & anesthesia

  • Greater sense of control & privacy

  • Feels more natural, “like a miscarriage"

medical abortion cons:

  • Requires 3 in-office appointments

  • Higher financial cost

  • 92-95% Effective, not as predictable as surgical abortion

What are the Possible Risks?

Although cramping and bleeding are an expected part of ending a pregnancy, in rare instances, serious and potentially life-threatening bleeding, infections, or other problems can occur following a miscarriage, medical abortion, or childbirth. Prompt medical attention is needed in these circumstances.

Serious infection has resulted in death in a very small number of cases; in most of these cases misoprostol was used in the vagina. There is no information that use of Mifeprex and misoprostol caused these deaths.

At Founder's Women's Health Center, we do not administer misoprostol vaginally. Our patients are instructed to take misoprostol orally. We also provide all patients with an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. These infections are almost always caused by an organism that is already present in your body, and are not due to an organism introduced at the time of your abortion.

If you have any questions, concerns, or problems, call our office: 614-251-1818 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 2:30 PM. If this is an after hours emergency, go to your closest emergency room.