Computer Game Teaches Mexican Women How to Safely Give Themselves a Medical AbortionS

¿No Te Baja?, which translates as "Missed Your Period?", is a nice alternative to all those cycle-tracker apps: it's a "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style game that schools users on how to terminate a pregnancy using Misoprostol, a drug that's available OTC in Mexico and is often used in parts of the country where abortion is illegal.

Women who are 12 weeks pregnant or less can get abortions in Mexico City, but many other states have amendments stating that life begins at conception. That's why so many choose to take Misoprostol, which is commonly used to treat ulcers — but most women don't know exactly how it works and many pharmacy workers aren't sure, either. That's where this computer game comes in. According to RH Reality Check, No Te Baja is thorough, relateable, and easy to use:

Users of No Te Baja, through the actions of Claudia and her boyfriend, go through each detailed step of the process of self-administering a medication abortion: from the initial pregnancy test to the decision whether or not to involve the partner; the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy to calculating gestational age to indicate whether or not use of Misoprostol will be effective-and if it will be safe to self-administer.

The game advises that Misoprostol can be purchased in most pharmacies and that it may be sold under various other commercial names including Cytotec, Cyrox, and Tomispral. Users receive detailed information on how to administer Misoprostol through the mouth or the vagina, noting that, in the event of having to seek medical attention, medical personnel would likely be able to detect the remnants of the pills inside the vagina- important information for women living in areas where they can be prosecuted for inducing an abortion.

"To avoid judgement and fear, it is always useful step into the shoes of another person. I invite you into mine," the protagonist, a 19-year-old named Claudia, says at the beginning of the game. She's a wise woman!

[RH Reality Check]