A Mankind Unwanted Kit is made up of one pill called mifepristone and four pills called misoprostol, both of which can be prescribed by your OB/GYN for you. As long as the pregnancy was started within 11 weeks of conception, these pills can be used to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. When it comes to the process, there is no need to be nervous or concerned because the pills can be taken at your leisure, a day or two apart, in the comfort of your own home. In order to avoid having to deal with the symptoms alone, it is a good idea to ask someone you trust to accompany you as a support person, if at all possible.
Part 1 Taking Mifepristone and Misoprostol
1. Take the pills within the first 11 weeks of your pregnancy to ensure a healthy pregnancy. It is only recommended to use mifepristone and misoprostol if you are less than 11 weeks (77 days) pregnant. If you’ve been pregnant for more than 11 weeks, you should consult with your OB/GYN to determine your best and most safest course of action.
Begin counting the weeks from the first day of your last menstrual cycle and continue until the end of your cycle.
Drinking alcohol before taking your pills is not recommended because it will cause you to become dehydrated later on.
2. Take the mifepristone pill with a glass of water and swallow it. It is recommended that you take this pill at least 24-48 hours before taking the misoprostol pills. After taking mifepristone, you are unlikely to experience any side effects and will be able to carry on with your normal activities.
If you vomit within the first 30 minutes of taking the pill, it is likely that it will not work and you will have to take it again later on. Call your doctor to find out if you need to take another dose of your medication.
3. After 24-48 hours, take 4 misoprostol pills and place them under your tongue. Wait at least a full day or two after taking the mifepristone pill—it doesn’t matter when you take it during this time; it will still be just as effective regardless of when you take it. Place each pill under your tongue with care to ensure that you don’t swallow any of the pills. Instead of being swallowed, these pills are meant to dissolve in your mouth as you chew them.
When you take the misoprostol pills, schedule them so that you will be at home resting comfortably when the pills are administered.
It is perfectly normal to experience dry mouth and chalky taste after swallowing the pills; this is completely normal.
If the misoprostol in your kit is in the buccal form, place the pills against your cheek or on the side of your mouth rather than under your tongue to avoid swallowing them.
4. Wait 30 minutes for the pills to dissolve completely before continuing. Set a timer to help you remember how long it has been since you last ate, and be careful not to swallow the pills. The majority of each pill will dissolve in your mouth within 30 minutes, allowing your system to absorb the nutrients it contains.
During the 30 minutes that you are waiting for the pills to dissolve, refrain from eating or drinking anything.
The buccal form of the pill takes only about 3 minutes to administer.
5. After 30 minutes, drink some water to help you swallow the pills that are still in your system. When you take the pills, it is fine if they are not completely dissolved after 30 minutes. Take a sip or two of water to rinse your mouth out and swallow it so that any remaining pill particles are absorbed into your system as quickly as possible.
If you throw up before the 30-minute time limit has expired, they may not be effective. However, if you vomit after the pills have dissolved and are no longer in your system, you are most likely fine.
6. In the event that you are 9-11 weeks pregnant or not bleeding, wait 3 hours and then take 4 more pills. Not everyone is required to take an additional four pills. In the event that it has been several hours and you are still not experiencing bleeding, or if you are at least 9 weeks pregnant, you will need to take another dose.
To take another dose, follow the same procedure as before, except this time place the four misoprostol pills under your tongue for 30 minutes to allow them to dissolve.
Even if you don’t end up taking the extra pills, if your doctor has prescribed them to you, you should discuss your options with your OB/GYN.
Part 2 Managing Your Symptoms
1. Cramps can be alleviated by taking an ibuprofen dosage. Make sure you’re taking the correct amount of ibuprofen by following the directions on the label of the bottle. It is not necessary to take ibuprofen before or after taking the misoprostol pills, but doing so will help alleviate some of the pain and cramping you will experience later on.
Aspirin should be avoided because it can exacerbate your bleeding symptoms.
2. Change your pads on a regular basis to keep up with the heavy blood flow. During your period, you may notice that you are bleeding more than you would normally do during your cycle; this is completely normal and presents no cause for concern. You should check your pad every 30 minutes to an hour to make sure it is still in good condition and does not require replacement. It is common for the bleeding to last several hours, but if you are concerned that it is lasting too long, contact your OB/GYN so they can reassure you.
It is likely that bleeding will begin within 1-3 hours of taking the misoprostol pills.
When your pregnancy is due to be delivered, you will experience the most severe bleeding. Never panic if you see an embryo or large blood clots on your skin. This is also perfectly normal.
Tampons should be avoided because they make it more difficult to see how much you’re bleeding and may cause you more discomfort.
3. Cramping can be relieved by using heat pads or a hot water bottle. After taking the pills, it is normal to experience cramping, which may last for a day or two afterward. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, place a heating pad or a bottle filled with hot water on your stomach so that the heat can help relieve the pain.
Taking a warm or hot shower can also be beneficial in relieving any pain.
4. To deal with nausea, stay at home and drink plenty of fluids. After taking the misoprostol pills, you may feel extremely nauseous or sick to your stomach for a short period of time. You may even experience diarrhoea, which is common and should not be taken as a cause for concern. Rest and drink fluids as much as possible, and remember that these symptoms should only last a day or two at the most. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day to ensure that you stay hydrated.
Alternatively, if your doctor prescribed anti-nausea medication, you can take this to help you feel better.
Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages after using the kit because it will dehydrate you even more.
5. Heavy exercise or lifting should be avoided for 3-4 days following the administration of the pills. You should anticipate feeling tired and sluggish while you are recuperating. Continue to refrain from more strenuous activities such as biking, jogging, or swimming until you feel stronger and more like your old self again. Your health is the most important thing, and rest will have you feeling better in a few days.
Lifting heavy objects should be avoided at all costs in order to avoid causing yourself additional pain or discomfort.
6. If your symptoms persist for an extended period of time or if you have any concerns, contact your OB/GYN. After at least 2 hours, if you are still using 2 or more pads per hour, call your doctor to explain what is happening so that they can assist you. If you are not feeling better after 2-3 days and are concerned about your symptoms, contact your OB/GYN to inform them of your situation and to find out what they would recommend.
You should contact your OB/GYN if you have a fever that does not go away after one day, or if you are vomiting a lot and having difficulty eating or drinking.
Don’t be embarrassed to contact your OB/GYN; they are there to assist you and can provide you with the best advice on how to feel better quickly.
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