Bottle and tablet of ru486, abortion inducing drug

Bottle and tablet of ru486, abortion inducing drug

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Caption: Bottle & tablet of RU486, an abortion-inducing drug. RU486 is a steroid hormone similar to progesterone, the production of which by the ovary & placenta is essential to maintain a pregnancy. RU486 binds to cells in the same manner as progesterone does, but blocks the effects of the natural hormone. Two days after an oral dose of RU486, the woman takes a drug called a prostaglandin, which initiates contractions of the uterus that result in the expulsion of the embryo presently (Nov 1989) only used in clinical trials.

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Keywords: abortion pill, anti-progesterone, drug, healthcare, medical, medicine, mifeprex, mifepristone, pharmaceutic, pharmaceutical, ru486, still life, still-life, treatment

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