How to Prepare for an Abortion

It is important to be fully informed and prepared before getting an abortion. Make sure you’ve reviewed all information and have everything you need ahead of time, including a safety plan. Being fully informed contributes greatly to having a safe medical abortion.

1. Pregnancy Calculator
2. Considerations before taking abortion pills
3. General Advice
4. Creating A Safety Plan for the medical abortion process
Pregnacy calculator

Pregnancy Calculator

How far along in your pregnancy are you? Research indicates that medication abortion is most often recommended for pregnancies prior to 13 weeks since your last menstrual period. Use the pregnancy calculator to determine how far along you are, since your last menstrual period.

If your last period started on or after:

March 21, 2024

You can still consider using abortion pills.

Are you over 13 weeks pregnant?

The HowToUseAbortionPill protocol is only intended for pregnancies up to 13 weeks. However, abortion pills can be taken later in the pregnancy with another protocol.

For more information, you can reach out to our friends at www.womenonweb.org. Or go to our country profiles to learn more about abortion resources in your country.

Considerations before taking abortion pills

General Advice

iconEat lightly (e.g. crackers or toast may help with nausea).
iconDrink plenty of water throughout the whole process.
iconWhen you use the misoprostol pills, be in an area (like your home) where you have privacy and can lie down for a few hours after you use the pills if you want to.
iconHaving someone around who can bring you tea or something to eat, and can take care of you may be very helpful.
iconConsider taking ibuprofen before you use misoprostol to help minimize pain from cramping.
iconMake a safety plan before using the abortion pills in case you need emergency medical help.

Creating A Safety Plan

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a first trimester medical abortion is one of the safest medical procedures. However, you should always be prepared for any possible medical emergency. Consider our questions below to help create your safety plan in case you need it.

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