A medical abortion uses medicines to end a pregnancy. Your doctor gives you one medicine to take during an office visit and a second medicine for you to take at home. The medicine takes about 1 to 2 days to work.
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.
Your doctor will want to see you again within 2 weeks to 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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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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