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What is the medical abortion?

The medical abortion is a way to end pregnancy without using instruments or surgery.

Why do some women prefer the medical abortion?

No anesthesia or surgery required

  • It can be done very early in the pregnancy
  • They feel more in control
  • They may feel it is less invasive
  • More natural
  • They may feel it's more like a miscarriage
  • It's more private
  • They can have the abortion at home

Who can choose medical abortion?

You may choose the abortion if you are less than 16 weeks pregnant from the first day of your last periods.

How long does it take?

Some women (2-5%) may begin to bleed after using the medication in the office. Even so you must use medication as instructed. Most women will bleed and pass the pregnancy within several hours of inserting the medication at home.

How effective is it?

Medical abortion is absolutely effective.

 How does it feel?

You may experience some or all of the following:

  1. Some cramps
  2. Nausea or vomiting
  3. Diarrhea

Call the Physician if you:

  1. Soak more than two sanitary pads per hour for 2 consecutive hours
  2. Have severe pain not relieved by pain medication
  3. Have an allergic reaction to any medication (itching, rash or hives)
  4. Develop a foul vaginal odour

Will I need a follow-up?

Yes. Your Physician needs to make sure the abortion is complete.

What if I don't have a complete abortion after taking the medication?

Your Physician will decide what option is best for you.

When will I get my period?

You should expect your next menstrual cycle four to eight weeks.

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