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The best and safest way a woman can do an abortion herself until the 12th week of pregnancy is with the use of two medicines called Mifepristone (also known as the abortion pill, RU 486, Mifegyn, Mifeprex, Zacafemyl), and Misoprostol (also known as Cytotec, Arthrotec, Oxaprost, Cyprostol, Mibetec, Prostokos or Misotrol). If you live in a country where there is no access to safe abortion services and you would like to obtain a medical abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, please go to Women on Web (www.womenonweb.org).

To obtain a medical abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, please go to Women on Web (www.womenonweb.org)  and do the online consultation through https://www.womenonweb.org/en/i-need-an-abortion to get a safe medical abortion using Mifepristone and Misoprostol. Women on Web is an on-line medical abortion referral service that will refer your consultation to a licensed doctor. You will also be asked to make a donation of  70, 80 or 90 euros depending on your economic circumstance and where you live, to make sure that the service continues to be available to help all women. You can make the donation using a credit card or bank transfer.

It is very important that you know how many weeks pregnant you are. Have you taken a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy? If you cannot have an ultrasound, calculate the duration of pregnancy by counting the number of days since the first day of your last menstrual period.

Using Misoprostol (or Cytotec) alone to cause an abortion will be successful 94% of the time. If it is not effective the first time, you can try again after 3 days. The information is based on research by the World Health Organization.

For many women, ending a pregnancy is a difficult decision. When the woman cannot discuss the abortion or alternatives with a healthcare provider, we advise her to talk about it with a good friend or a relative. We strongly advise any young girl to talk with her parents or another adult she trusts about her situation, her decision and the abortion procedure.

Misoprostol for medical abortion works best in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.  After that, there is an increased risk of a complication and need for medical attention.  If you are considering using misoprostol after 12 weeks, please contact info@womenonweb.org for instructions; these instructions are for women who are 12 weeks or earlier in their pregnancy.

Misoprostol causes contractions of the womb. As a consequence, the womb expels the pregnancy. A woman can get painful cramps, vaginal blood loss that is more than a normal menstruation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. There is a risk of heavy bleeding for which a woman will have to be treated by a doctor.
The chance that an abortion with Misoprostol will be successful is 94%. Misoprostol is available in pharmacies in almost all countries.