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A medical abortion uses medicines to end a pregnancy. Two medicines are usually used. Your doctor will give you one medicine to take during the visit or at home. You will take the second medicine 24 hours after the first medicine. The medicine takes about 1 to 2 days to work, with bleeding usually starting within a few hours.
After a medical abortion, you may have bleeding, spotting, and cramping for the first 2 weeks. Your bleeding may last longer if you were pregnant for more than 7 weeks. You may also feel relief, sadness, guilt, and grief.
You will see your doctor, or go to a lab for a test, 7 to 14 days after taking the medicine. This will help make sure that the abortion is complete. Sometimes the medicine does not work. If that happens, you will need a surgical abortion.
You can get pregnant in the weeks right after an abortion. During your follow-up visit, talk with your doctor about birth control methods.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Adaptation Date: 5/19/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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