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Physiological and Psychological Effects of RU-486are Less Severe than the Effects of Other Types of AbortionsRU-486 an abortion in a pill medically called an abortifacient was developed in France by Rousell Uclaf This procedure of abortion has less psychological pressure and its physiological effects are also less severe than traditional surgical abortions It can be used only up to 49 days after a womens last menstrual cycle making women choose before the embryo grows and develops It also gives the woman who is the sole decision maker a feeling of control over her situation RU-486 chemical name mifepristone is an antagonist to progesterone Progesterone a sex steroid prepares the uterus for implantation and nurtures the egg It plays the main role in the establishment of pregnancy and maintaining pregnancy to term It helps the new embryo attach itself in the lining of the uterus promotes development of the placenta relaxes the uterine muscle to decrease contractions and firms the cervix preventing dilation Usually when progesterone locks into the receptor all these biological processes happen but RU-486 an anti-progestin blocks the use of progesterone taking its place working against implantation With RU-486 taking the place of the progesterone the developing placenta and embryo will detach from the uterine lining Then there is an increased contractility of the uterine muscle softening dilation of cervix and contractions that will expel the embryo In addition to the pills one to two days after taking them you go back to the doctor where heshe administers a shot or vaginal suppository of prostaglandins substances in the body that act like hormones and as intermediates in metabolic process that make the uterus react more strongly With this shot expulsion happens usually 3-4 hours later making the RU-486 abortion happen faster and more efficiently than without the shot In this process of abortion women experience heavy bleeding and cramps like that of a bad period In RU-486 The Pill That Could End the
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