Q: When should abortion pills not be used?

A person should not use abortion pills if:

  • Someone else is forcing them to have an abortion.
  • They are more than 12 weeks pregnant. The instructions on this website follow the WHO protocols for pregnancies that are under 12 weeks from the date of the last menstrual period. The pills are used differently after 12 weeks and this website does not include that information.
  • They are allergic to mifepristone or misoprostol.
  • They have an IUD (intrauterine device). It should be removed before using the medicines.
  • They have any of the following conditions: chronic adrenal failure, hemorrhagic disorders (bleeding disorders/diseases), porphyries, or other serious disease.
  • They have an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus).
  • They cannot get to a hospital or doctor within two hours.
  • They are alone. They should ask a partner or a friend to stay with them while they use the medicines.