How Much is the Abortion Pill?

Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, is the medicine used to cause an abortion in an early pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration has approved that mifepristone be used up to 49 days after a woman’s last period.

Planned Parenthood reports that the cost for using if mifepristone varies across the country, but can cost as much as $800. In the Toledo area, the cost of a medication abortion is about $750.

Using the abortion pill is called a medication or chemical abortion. It requires three office visits. On the first visit, the mifepristone is given which causes the death of the embryo. If the abortion has not occurred within two days, the woman is given a second drug. This will cause cramping and will expel the embryo. The third visit is used to make sure that the abortion is complete.

Side effects of a medication abortion may include vaginal bleeding and serious bacterial infection. The medication abortion has a failure rate of 8 percent meaning that an abortion does not occur.

The abortion pill will not work if there is an ectopic pregnancy. This is a pregnancy that is not in the uterus but instead is likely to be in the fallopian tube. Coming to Your First Look for a pre-abortion evaluation before you make an appointment for a medication abortion is a good idea. Our free ultrasound will be able to determine if you have viable pregnancy in the uterus.

Some women change their mind after taking the mifepristone and wonder if the abortion can be reversed. The answer is yes. Visit for more details or call their hotline at 877-558-0333 for details. This needs to be done fairly quickly after taking the mifepristone.

Whether you’re considering a medication or surgical abortion, it makes sense to get a free pre-abortion evaluation at Your First Look. We can determine if your pregnancy is viable (living) and in the uterus. Since 30 percent of early pregnancies will naturally miscarry, this is important to know before you put yourself through the emotional and physical stress of an abortion.


Your First Look Women’s Center provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds to confirm viability, and information on all your options—abortion, adoption, and parenting. We do not provide or refer for abortion services. All services are free and confidential.