Last time we looked at Mifeprex (mifepristone) and its use to induce a chemical abortion in pregnancies 10 weeks or less. Currently, Mifeprex is prescribed by a physician and the pill is taken while in the clinical setting or at an abortion center. Mifeprex blocks the release of the hormone, progesterone, that stabilizes the uterine wall to nourish the developing baby. Without progesterone, the uterine wall deteriorates and does not support the baby, so it dies.
After a woman takes Mifeprex in the medical setting, she is sent home with a second follow-up drug, misoprostol, to be taken 24-48 hours later.
Esentially, Mifeprex cuts off the supply of nourishment and oxygen for the developing baby, so it dies inside the uterus. That may be enough to stimulate the uterus to contract and expel the dead pregnancy. However, the process is often incomplete and tissue can be left in the uterus…
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