Illinois Planned Parenthood Broadens Medication Abortion Options

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The Great Rivers division of Planned Parenthood (PPGR) is now offering more extensive medication abortion services in Illinois. Now, individuals who are up to weeks pregnant can get a medication, lifting the former limit of 11 weeks. The goal is to make these services easier to reach for more people, either virtual consultations or clinic visits.


Benefits of Increased Access

Dr. Colleen McNicholas Chief Medical Officer at PP voiced the organization’s dedication to focusing on the patient. “We believe that patients know their own lives best and by allowing medication abortion later in pregnancy, we support more patients in making a choice that suits them,” Dr. McNicholas stated. This expansion will enable a greater number of people to obtain abortion services, when necessary, free from needless obstacles.


Understanding The Abortion Pill, Introduction and Process

The abortion pill is named medication abortion which ends early pregnancies, and it can end pregnancies up to 77 days or 11 weeks from the first menstruating day. Abortions above this time limit require an in-clinic procedure.

The abortion medicine works effectively almost every time around 97 times out of 100 trials according to reporting. Follow-up meetings verify success and check in on patient wellness post procedure. However, if unsuccessful an aspiration abortion could be necessary.

Following we discuss each step involved making use of two potent medicines, Mifepristone and Misoprostol.


Step One, “Mifepristone”

This drug blocks progesterone, which then induce pregnancy termination by breaking down the uterine lining. This medicine is consumed at the clinic.

Step Two, “Misoprostol”

The use of this drug results in uterus evacuation

Timing, consumed one to two days after imbibing the abortion pill

Misoprostol causes conditions similar to an early miscarriage with heavy bleeding and cramping. Most patients abort within four to five hours after consumption but for some it can be longer.

“Step Three, Follow-up”

This step is implemented ensuring complete abortion and patient health post procedure.

A follow-up visit can involve ultrasound examination, phonies with a nurse following an at home pregnancy test or even blood tests.”

“Abortion Pill via Post”

PPGR has begun dispatching abortion pills through mail for individuals who are hospitalized up to a ten-week timeframe from their pregnant condition. To qualify patients must have a physical Illinois address and also be physically present in Illinois during telehealth consultation time. The service provides secure and successful termination of early pregnancies without having to step out of your own house.”


After Abortion Care

Following abortion, a thorough care package including self-help guidelines, medication and a birth control technique will be provided to all patients. PPIL must be promptly informed of any problems encountered either during or post the procedure. For added ease, PPIL provides round-the-clock telephonic assistance.


Symptoms and Management

Common symptoms during medication abortion include:

  • Bleeding and cramping
  • Feeling Dizzy
  • Experiencing Nausea or Vomiting
  • Loose Bowels
  • Temporary Abdominal Pain
  • Minor Fevers and Chill Symptoms

Taking ordinary over-the-counter medicines like Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) can handle these symptoms. It is best to avoid Aspirin.

To schedule an appointment for a medication abortion, patients can,

Call, 187-7200PPIL

Online, Through PPIL’s website


Summing Up

The Planned Parenthood Great Rivers’ current increase in offering medication abortion services of up to 12 weeks marks a significant point in progressive access to broader patient concerns. The present change combined with telehealth possibilities ensures provision care with minimal obstacles.

For additional information or scheduling, patients may reach out to PPIL whenever required. Besides physical office visits women with an Illinois address and who are physically present in Illinois during their virtual consultation, have access. Avoided patients are physically in Illinois during their virtual consultation and hold a mailing address there.

Celina Brooks

Celina Brooks from Mussoorie is a Writer & Researcher. She earned her Engineering degree in IT from Rutgers University. She is a technology enthusiast but loves writing and talking about local news as well. She is a jolly person with 2 children.

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