A surgical abortion ends a pregnancy. The kind of procedure you have may depend on how long you have been pregnant. Your doctor will talk with you about which options are best for you.
The doctor will place a tube in your uterus. The tube uses suction to empty the uterus. Your doctor may also use a syringe, forceps, or other tools to fully clear the uterus. You may be awake during the procedure. Your doctor may give you medicine to help you relax.
Afterward, you may have cramps and light bleeding for up to 2 weeks. Most women can go back to their normal activities in 1 to 2 days.
You can get pregnant in the weeks right after an abortion. It's a good idea to think about birth control options now. Talk with your doctor about which methods best fit your lifestyle.
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.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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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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