Abortion pill

Pregnancy from the first day of the last menstruation can be terminated by means of the abortion pill (medicinal abortion).

This is how the abortion pill works:

  • On the first day of the treatment in the clinic, you are given medicine that blocks the functioning of the pregnancy hormone, which causes the pregnancy to stop.
  • From 24 to 72 hours later, you fit another vaginal medicine. You can do this at home. This way causes stomach cramps that may continue for a number of hours.  These stomach cramps feel like intense menstruation cramps. Other possible side effects are nausea, shivering and diarrhoea. In combination with blood loss (which may be intense), the amniotic sac is expelled.
  • Make sure there’s somebody with you during the treatment to support and help you.

Follow-up examination
The pregnancy symptoms decrease sharply after approximately one week. It is advisable to have a pregnancy test and follow-up examination done four weeks after the treatment. Feel free to contact the Amsterdam Abortion Clinic if the complaints do not diminish, the pregnancy test is (still) positive or if you still have any questions.
At the appointment for the follow-up examination in the clinic, we check to see whether you have recovered physically, (still) have any complaints and how you feel emotionally. We also discuss how you experienced the treatment and we talk about any issues you may have with the processing. We also consider contraception. You can also go to your general practitioner for a follow-up examination and, in some cases, the follow-up examination can also be done by telephone.

The abortion pill is not the same as a morning-after pill (emergency pill).