So what are "Do-it-yourself abortions"?

It is a self-induced procedure by a pregnant woman that may or may not involve a medical procedure in an effort to terminate a pregnancy.

Methods used to perform a do-it yourself abortion:

  • Physical exertion to influence miscarriage
    • Intentional bodily harm to the stomach or fetus
    • Intense exercise
  • Natural remedies
    • Cinnamon method 
      • High dosages of cinnamon stimulates the uterus and leads to miscarriage
    • Parsley concoction
      • Parsley is rich in certain oils that stimulates the uterus, dilates the cervix  and thins the uterine lining
  • Medical drugs
    • Prescriptions
    • Over the counter

Medical drugs used to induce a miscarriage:

Mifeprex (mifepristone)

  • Combined with misoprostol can induce miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy
  • 90 % effective
  • Works best in first 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • Causes contractions of the womb, expelling the pregnancy
  • Available in pharmacies all over the U.S.
  • Should not be purchased online
    • Beware of fake abortion pills sold online

Possible side effects to consider:

  • Painful cramps
  • Heavy bleeding (more than normal menstruation)
  • Nnausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Possible birth defects if miscarriage is not successful

Morning after pill

  • Consumption required within a 24-72 hr window after intercourse to be effective
  • Designed to prevent or delay ovulation
  • May interfere with egg fertilization

Risk Involved

  • Is not 100% effective
  • May require more than one visit to the doctor
  • Unsuccessful termination can require surgical procedures that may also lead to infection
  • Can not end a tubal or ectopic pregnancy

May Cause

  • Cramping 
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Stomach pain 
  • Weakness
  • Allergic reaction 
  • Pelvic pain
  • Other adverse effects

Emergency Contraception: Effects vs Side Effects (Morning After Pill)

Plan B One-Step

  • Effects
    • Prevents pregnancy within 72 hrs/3 days after unprotected sex
    • Proven effectives in 7 out of 8 women
    • No prescription needed
  • Side Effects
    • Irregular menstruation
    • Nausea
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Breast tenderness vomiting
    • The use of other drugs can reduce its effectiveness
    • Rapid return of fertility after consuming Plan B One-Step
    • Is not an abortion pill and will not terminate an existing pregnancy

Next Choice

  • Effects
    • To prevent pregnancy first pill should be taken within 72 hours; second pill should be taken 12 hours later
    • No prescription required
  • Side Effects
    • Dysmenorrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Pelvic pain
    • Vomiting
    • Irregular menstruation
    • Other adverse effects

Ella One

  • Effects
    • Prevents pregnancy within 120 hours/5 days after having unprotected sex
    • Prescription required
  • Side Effects
    • Can cause ectopic pregnancy if individual gets pregnant despite taking prescription
    • Headache 
    • Changes in mood
    • Dizziness
    • Vomiting
    • Period pain
    • Muscle, back, pelvic pain
    • Less affective when combined with some other medications


  • Effects
    • Prevents pregnancy if taken within 72 hours/3 days after having unprotected sex
    • No prescription required
  • Side Effects
    • Vomiting
    • Breast pain
    • Dizziness
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Menstrual changes
    • Lower stomach pain
    • Tiredness

Copper IUD

  • Effects
    • More than 99% effective
    • Easy insertion and removal
    • Can prevent pregnancy if inserted within 120 hrs/5 days after intercourse
    • Can prevent pregnancy for as long as 3 to 12 years depending on what kind of IUD is chosen
  • Side Effects
    • Irregular periods
    • Spotting between periods
    • Pain when the IUD is inserted
    • Cramping or backaches post IUD insertion
    • Does not protect again STDs
    • Fertility quickly returns following removal of device
    • Device can spontaneously expel from the uterus
    • Infection