Abortion Pills

What is the abortion pill?

“Abortion pill is in two medicines misoprostol and mifepriston. Mifepriston medicine ends the pregnancy, it works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the lining of the uterus breaks down and the pregnancy cannot continue.

The second medicine, makes the womb contract, causing cramping, bleeding and the loss of the pregnancy similar to a miscarriage.

This method can be used up to 24 weeks of pregnancy at our clinic. What to expect depends on whether the pregnancy is less than or more than 10 weeks’ gestation.

The Abortion pill up to 10 weeks

For pregnancies under 10 weeks’ gestation you may take the medical termination at the same time, or you may leave the clinic after taking the first set of pill and return 1-3 days later to take the second set of pills. Your healthcare professional will discuss your particular options with you – there are different potential risks involved with each option. Taking both medicines at the same time is convenient for many women but causes more side effects and is less effective than when the medicines are taken at least one day apart. It is important that you understand the differences between your options – so please read the table below and talk to your healthcare professional about what is best for you.

The abortion pill from 10 weeks to 24 weeks

his method can be used our clinic from 10 weeks, up to 23 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy.

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An understanding professional patient educator will speak with you in a private session. Reviewing the procedure for all terminatin methods and aftercare instructions and answer your questions.

How effective are in-clinic abortions?

In-clinic abortions are extremely effective. They work more than 99 out of every 100 times. Needing to get a repeat procedure because the abortion didn’t work is really rare. 

Abortion Aftercare – Safe Abortion

After a vacuum aspiration abortion or a dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion, you will go to a recovery area to rest.

The staff will periodically check your vital signs and bleeding. It is normal to bleed moderately or even to pass small clots; the intensity of the cramping usually lessens during the first half hour.

Depending on the procedure, the type of anesthesia you had, and how you are feeling, you may stay in the recovery area from 20 minutes to an hour or more.

If you had IV sedation or general anesthesia, you will need someone to drive or accompany you home.

After Medical Abortion

Most clinics require a follow-up visit to confirm that the abortion is complete. The clinician will do a physical examination, ultrasound or blood pregnancy test. Sometimes these services can be managed by phone without having to return to the clinic.

At Home After Safe Abortion

With any abortion, avoid putting anything into your vagina (no tampons, no sexual intercourse, and no douching) for five days after the abortion, as the cervix is open and there is a greater chance of an infection during this time.

Bleeding ranges from none at all to a light or moderate flow, which may stop and then start again. Some signs of pregnancy, such as nausea, usually get better in a day or two, while others, including breast tenderness, may take a week or two.

You may also be advised to rest and to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Self-care is important, but work, school and family circumstances may make some recommendations unrealistic. In addition, no studies have shown that these activities actually increase the risk of complications after abortion. The best guide is to listen to your body and use common sense.

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