Medical abortions are safe: study

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//Less than 1% of women getting a medication-induced abortion at Planned Parenthood had a serious side effect or a failed abortion, according to a new study.//

//”This continues to show that medical abortion is a very, very safe option for women,” said Dr. Debra Stulberg, who studies disparities in reproductive health at the University of Chicago and wasn’t involved in the new study. “That’s really the take-home point.”//

//The medication regimen used by Planned Parenthood – and many other abortion providers – is slightly different than the US Food and Drug Administration-approved drug course because it includes lower doses of mifepristone and at-home use of misoprostol.//

http://news.abs-cbn.com/lifestyle/12/21/12/medical-abortions-are-safe-study

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PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the Philippines XII

 To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with  Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Carly,  a  26-year old marketing officer from Cavite, Philippines. 

 

Hi. I am Carly. 26 yrs old. 9 wks 4 days pregnant.  I am one of the grateful women that Project 486 (project486.ca@gmail.com) helped.
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> I knew I was pregnant when its about 7wks because of the early signs. Lost of appetite, swollen breast, sleepiness and delayed in my menstrual period. I knew it, I’ve experienced it because I already have a child. Yes, maybe I might be on the right age to have a child again. I have a job. My boyfriend does too. But, practically we want to have a child again after marriage and owning a house. We want to provide a good future and comfortable life for our family. We want to be physically, mentally and financially stable, to say. But this happened. We did it. I and my boyfriend had a few fights before deciding to do the medical abortion. It put us in a lot of stress. We know we are in such a serious situation but ended up having a mutual decision after all the arguments.
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> We tried to think of people who can help us. But as much as possible, I wanted it to be very confidential. Both of us searched on the internet and found the Hebal Abortion. I did it first. Overdose on VitaminC for two weeks, and a week of hourly intake of Dong Quai capsules.
> It didnt worked on me. It added more stress in me because im starting to lose hope plus im feeling more of the signs of pregnancy that it affects my effectiveness at work. In the same site where we found Herbal Abortion, it suggested to contact Project 486 for Medical Abortion. Immediately, we emailed and Alex responded for the guidelines.
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> The next day, John scheduled me for the consultation that lasted for 2 and a half hours. He patiently parted important informations that I need to know before, on the actual procedure and after it. It was a relief to talked to him. I heard Abortion stories before and it terrifies me. But through talking to John, it opens my mind that it is safe by doing the standard procedure and preparations. I was able to know some facts and theories because of him. After a week, we did the actual procedure. Yes, there are dieting, abdominal pain and lots of blood that you need to endure. Whats important is you follow the instruction of your Consultant and have someone on your side to help you. Honestly, I have something worst in my mind but it didnt turned out that way. Thankfully.
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> All you have to do is be decided, prepared, and be relaxed. Follow what food you can only eat at a certain hour of the day, have all the necessary things you’ll need in the procedure, intake meds at the right time, endure the pain once it started, do the documentation and most importantly learn your lesson. No one wants to be in the position where we are. We all want to have a family and take responsibility on it. But its your body, your life, your decision. You own it, be sure you are capable on owning it whatever you decide to do with it.
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> Thank you Project 486! Thank you Alex! And John who I can personally talk to at any hour of the day. Every question you answer helps on relieving the pain physically and emotionally. Thank you so much. Yes, they are credible and they can help you.

  • Carly , 26
  • Cavite

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PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) in the Philippines XI

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills  Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Honey,  a  29-year old medical secretary   from South Cotabato, Philippines. 

Hi my Name is Honey, I’m 28 years old turning 29 soon. I’m waiting for my working visa abroad and then I found out I’m pregnant.
My LMP is May 20, so I’m expecting to have my period again June 20-23. But it didn’t come and all the tension and stress came pouring in and from that day I know I’m pregnant. To make sure I bought preg kit and used it, and my worst nightmare is confirmed I’m really pregnant.


So I called the guy which unfortunately not my bf and known for 2 weeks only. Discussed to him what we will do to the baby inside me. And his answer is his not sure but if I want his willing to marry me but he needs to go back to his own country soon. And for my case I can’t sacrifice the big opportunity is coming to my career and I’m not ready to be a mom. Such dilemma and fear. I’m so stress out for couple of weeks, I can’t decide what to do. But I know I’m not ready and I decided to do abortion, but if I do the abortion the question is how it’s illegal here in our country and I’m scared bout the procedure. I have lots of questions in mind but I’m hell-bent of not continuing the baby inside me. I spent day and night searching the internet for help. I’m really careful coz lots of scammer online and I don’t want to put myself at risk. So I emailed someone online and she’s generous enough and gave me the email add of project486 that helped her friend too. I contacted and sent an email to the said email add and they responded quickly and then Sir Alex Referred me to my consultant Sir John for a consultation about the procedure. The procedure is intimidating if you read it at first but don’t be, after my consultation all my fear is gone and questions are all answered and Sir John kept me at ease that I can do the procedure without a problem if I will only follow the instructions diligently and avoid stress. I only find difficult is the strict diet and the fasting as I ate a lot since I’m pregnant but sacrifice needs to be done for a successful procedure. Sir John is always there to answer my questions anytime of the day, his there all throughout the process so don’t be scared.
My procedure is a success. After 6am vaginal miso I started to feel a bit of cramps. I bled after my 10am bucal miso, scant bleeding then pain is increasing but tolerable ( same with dysmenorrhea) and @ around 2pm I had a big urged to pee I used the arinola, as I sit, I expelled all my POC’s with some blot clots. Bleeding is not heavy afterwards. I just rested to gain my energy back. The worst is almost over I just need to face the mix emotions I had. Grief, sadness but relief as well.


All in all. Just follow all the instructions. Don’t self medicate. Consult first. Don’t put your life at risk and trust project486. They will help you all throughout, don’t be scared.


To sir John I can’t take you enough for the effort and time you spent all throughout the process.
To sir Alex and the whole team of Project486  thank you. Hope you help more women in need in like me.

– honey, 29/ medical secretary/ S. Cotabato , Philippines


” Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you.” – P. Dixon


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PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) in the Philippines X

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Nini,  a  29-year old employee    from  Negros Occidental, Philippines. 

It’s already about 3 weeks now after the procedure was made by the help of this team PROJECT 486 (project486.ca@gmail.com) . I don’t know how I’m going to start to share by story with you.

As of now, all I know is I’m struggling emotionally and spiritually. But I know that I’m going to get through with all of these soon.
I was in a complicated relationship with someone. Every time na I had sex during my fertile days, I always checked using home Pregnancy test before my menstruation. when I checked the test result it reads false positive. Ng panic ako and I don’t know what to do next. Hindi ako mapalagay at that time, and I checked for how many days the progress of my progesterone level <although progesterone levels could be tested, the author obviously meant “Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) level” >  in succeeding days and it turns to strong positive result. We talked about it but later we decided to abort the baby since hindi nya ako kayang panindigan. I asked him na since hindi nya akon kayang panindigan, then he will support me to abort the baby naturally. Ng research ako about natural abortion using herbal method. after a week na dinudugo ako, wala pa rin my nangyari. I email the blogger nang isang site and asked her why is it na not continuous yung bleeding ko. She said na, I have to act fast but if hindi kaya ng herbal, she adviced me to have a medical abortion and she gave me an email add to contact the project 486. Di prin agad ako kumilos dahil nagbabasakali ako na kaya ng herbal after another week. But after I have a checked up with a doctor, I learned na I’m already 6 weeks pregnant, doon ako nag panic. I emailed project 486 after, ng reply nmn kaagad when I got home. I gave all the information na hinihingi ng team skin. then I had my on call consultaion with Sir John, the next day.But I waited the right time hoping madala sa herbal prin after another week. Pero wala prin. Then saka ako ng decide to pursue the procedure with the team. This time, I’m 8 weeks pregnant na.  Ang dami kong tanong if it’s really effective, If msakit yun procedure, and daming bawal kainin, plus how would I do it kasi I have work pa. Si Sir John parang personal doctor ko at kuya na ng aadvice kung ano yung gagawin ko in order na maging successful yung procedure. I thanked him kasi he guide me and remind me na yung mga gagawin ko is in order to attain my goal. I waited for the right time na wala yung parents ko sa bahay during the procedure. My sister in law is the one who helped me all throughout the procedure, especially during fasting and for preparing foods na pwede ko lang kainin. On the third day, before taking the meds, I talked to my baby, crying and asking for forgiveness, I explain to him why we decided to discard him, hoping he will understand me at that time. I told him na sana huwag nya akong pahirapan, na sana lumabas sya nang matiwasay.Na patawarin nya ako. Hindi nya ako binigo, after an hour of taking the med bucally, lumabas sya. When Sir John confirmed na the procedure was successful, I felt relieved na natapos na rin ang problema ko, but on the other hand mlungkot ako dahil sa naging decision ko. I bleed for 2 weeks, and passing clots for a week. But everything is ok, no complications, parang natural lg na dumating menstruation ko. the feeling na i just had a dysmenorhea lang. i got back to work on the 5th day and everything is fine. I still have a communication with Sir John if I have concerns sa mga nararamdaman ko.
Project 486, I would like to thank you for helping women like me. Especially to Sir John. Gusto kitang ihug kung alam mu lang sa sobra kong pasasalamat sa tulong mu. It means a lot to me. Kung hindi dahil sa inyo, hindi ko na alam kung anu yung gagawin ko. Sa Panahon ngayon, lalo na society natin at sa Diyos, hindi prin ito acceptable. But Thank you so much Project 486.
Nini, 29
Negros Occidental

” Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you.” – P. Dixon

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Sad News

//Girls aged 15 to 19 make up 10 percent of the country’s population of 100 million and one out of 10 of them have already given birth, UNFPA country representative Klaus Beck said. That fertility rate in that age group is 57 births for every 1,000 girls as of 2013 — higher than rates found by surveys every five years from 1998.//

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/07/the-associated-press-philippines-only-country-in-asia-where-teen-pregnancy-rising.html

 

// The government will run out of contraceptives for Filipino women within the next two years if the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court (SC) on reproductive health products is not lifted, the Commission on Population (Popcom) said yesterday.//

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/gov-t-may-run-contraceptives-000000665.html

PROJECT 486: A Patient’s Reflection on Her Medical Abortion Procedure (Abortion Pills: Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) in the Philippines IX

To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Sherie Mae,  a  23-year old  job-seeker   from  Limay, Bataan,  Philippines.  Noteworthy was her experience because she had a prior attempt that failed because of non-standard procedure and perhaps substandard  or fake medication from other sources. 

Sherie Mae here, I just want to share my experience. Delayed ako for almost a week, at first hindi pa ako nag papanic kasi hindi pa naman sure. Pero after ilang days nararamdaman ko na ang mga signs of being pregnant like vomiting, always hungry and sleepy. Then I ask my boyfreind to buy some testpak just to make sure .And then we found out na pregnant nga ako,sa 3pack lahat positive. Abortion is the first solution that comes in my mind kahit mahirap para sakin because of the situation in our house na hindi pa talaga pwede at thankful ako sa boyfriend ko kasi naiintidihan nya ang sitwasyon ko at pumayag siya though ayaw niya. He find ways to get rid of our problem then we went to hilot with cytotec based on the internet and hilot is 99.9% effective, But we already insert 9pcs of cyto and I take 7pcs but nothing happens, maybe the meds are fake or my body inst refuses the meds. My boyfriend and I was so depressed that time cause we don’t know the next step and then he found the project486 (project486.ca@gmail.com)
we read a lots of good feedback regarding to their team at first we hesitate to try cause online seam are anywhere pero pano namen malalaman kung hindi namin susubukan. So we try to contact their team, almost 2days na wala pa ding reply so natatakot na kame ng boyfriend ko nab aka hindi na active yung account na yun. Then suddenly Sir Alex response to our email, wow as in bigla kameng nagkaroon ng hope especially ako. I don’t how to start the procedure because of the visitors in our house na nagstay for a month, so inantay ko pa sila na umalis ng bahay kaya inabot ng mahigit sa 10weeks yung tyan ko. Lahat na yata ng alibi ginamit na namen ng boyfriend ko lang maka pag sleep over sya sa bahay just to make sure na magawa ko yung procedure ng ayos at maalagaan ako. Naging successful yung procedure mixed emotions nung makita ko yung result pero mas nasaktan ako nung makita ko yung reaction ng boyfriend ko sobrang thankful ako kay Sir John na kahit in the middle of the night ay ngreresponse padin sya sa mga txt ko na kahit ang kulit ko na. So dun ko napatunayan na hindi sila scam or whatsoever.

Salamat sa project486 at salamat din sa boyfriend ko na never akong iniwan sa trial na to.

 

Sherie Mae,23

Limay, Bataan

 

“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you” – P. Dixon


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To cope with the range of emotions that our patients undergo after the procedure (Medical Abortion  with Abortion Pills  Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Cytotec ) , we encourage them to make a reflection about their experience and share them with us and the world ( their identities kept confidential).  A  “reflection” will help them unload much of that emotional baggage. This activity will surely benefit them  a lot as they embark on the road to a full recovery  and to a new  beginning.  Here’s one reflection from Risse,  a  21-year old  socil media officer   from  Pasay  CIty, Philippines

Hi! 3rd week of June when I found out that I was pregnant. But before that, I felt that something was chaging inside me and my body. 6 weeks from my LMP, I tried the herbal meds to induce miscarriage for 10 days but it failed. I haven’t taken PT at that time but I made up my mind, I don’t want to do this. I was so selfish, I know. But what can I do? I was the “bread-winner” of my family and my father just lost his job. So I had no choice. A week before I emailed project 486 (still taking the herbal meds), I asked my boyfriend about the possibility that I’m pregnant. He was happy. He was actually excited, he wanted to do ultrasound to make sure I was really carrying his baby. And it hurts me because I don’t want to continue this. Being wise, I know we are not ready, financially and emotionally. I told him if ever there was a growing child inside me, I don’t want to carry it. He got mad. I cried. Because I know, I will kill his baby, our baby. So I never told him my decision. If he knew, he will leave me and I cannot lose him and my baby at the same time. It could be the death of me.

But like what I’ve said I already made a decision. I know it was not the baby’s fault, it was my fault for doing things that I shouldn’t done. I can’t blame anyone. So, I shouldered everything. I took my chances borrowing money from my friend just to complete the payment. I was so determined I did not care what could have happen to me. All I know was that if I follow all the instruction carefully, I will be fine. I also did a lot of research about the pills, and most of them stated that it was safe, so somehow I was at ease. The hardest part for me was the diet. I’m “matakaw”, it took a lot of me just to survive that phase. Then the third day came. I was a little light headed that day when I left the house to go to a hotel. I will be doing the procedure alone. No one knows that I was pregnant so I can’t really tell anyone what I’m about to do. It was raining that day. Cold. and I felt alone. But I said to my self that I really, badly needed to do this, and I already took mife so I cannot back out. I did viganal mioso at 9:30am. Before I took the bucal miso, I started to feel soft cramps but still no bleeding. At 1:30pm (30 mins. after last dose of miso) the bleeding started. At 3:30pm, still light bleeding, soft cramps. I was kinda worried because I was expecting heavy bleeding and strong cramps, but what I felt was the opposite. I only felt normal bleeding with soft cramps. I never had dysmenorrhea so I have no idea how strong and painful the cramps would be. At 5:30pm, still nothing happens. Sir John told me not to worry and do not think of the outcome. But how can I not? I can’t afford to fail. I was desperate. Hours passed by and still nothing happens. No strong cramps, no heavy bleeding. I thought I failed. at 7pm, Sir John allowed me to drink water, so I did. When I was getting ready to leave the hotel, I go to CR to pee, I was surprised something slipped out of me. When I looked, it was a mass of blood with something in it. I was nervous to touch it at first because I thought it has the tiny little body of my baby, but I found none. I took pictures anyway. I stayed at my boyfriend’s house that night. I don’t want my family to notice that I was exhausted and weak. The next day, I emailed to Sir Alex the photos of my POC without the knowledge of my boyfriend. That was hard. Because once he caught me, I am dead. Thankfully, he was deep in his sleep that time. That afternoon, I acted normal around him, like I just have my period back and nothing happened. I received Sir John’s message that it was successful. I was relieved and happy. But I had a lot of question because I did not see the fetus (Supposedly, I was 8 weeks pregnant), only that embryo (as Sir John told me).

I just wanted to thank Sir John and the rest of the team for helping me. It was hard. But I made it. Alone. Right now, everytime that it hits me that the little thing I was holding that night was my baby, I feel sad. I almost want to cry. But I need to go on and move on with my life. I am recovering now. For every ladies out there, please be careful always. Be safe and always think of the consequences. Because doing this might change you and your perspective in life. But, please know that you will always have a choice. Project486  (project486.ca@gmail.com) is really helpful. Take care always. 🙂

Risse, 21, Pasay City

“Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you” – P. Dixon


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