2. Will this affect future pregnancies?
No. The Medications leaves your body within days.
3. How much bleeding will I have?
Usually, the bleeding is heavier than a normal period. Often there are clots. The bleeding starts off heavily, and then gets less and less, as a period does.
4. How long will I bleed?
The length of time is different for everyone, but will be longer than a period. Once the bleeding starts, it can be as short as a week but can last much longer, most often from 5 to 20 days. It is not heavy all the time.
5. What is the failure rate?
About 75% of women miscarry within the first week. Another 15% miscarry by the end of the second week. By waiting for up to month, about 95% of women will have a successfully completed Abortion.
There is a very small risk of infection or bleeding which would require treatment.
8. What are the short-term side effects?
The side effects of the Medical abortion don’t last long. Some women will have chills, headache, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Some women experience none of these. If you have these effects, they usually last a day or so, and you can take medicine to reduce the side effects.
9. Do I have to make an appointment?
Yes. You must make an Appointment by phone for a Medical Abortion. Because we need to have some information ahead of time, you cannot just “walk in”. Usually we are able to schedule you within 2-3 days.
14. How is my pregnancy calculated?
We calculate the dates of your Pregnancy from the first date of your last menstrual period. Women get pregnant (conceive) 2 weeks after this. For example, when you miss your period by a few days you may think it is only 3 weeks since you got pregnant, but it would be 5 weeks since the first day of your last normal period. We would call this a 5 week pregnancy.
15. How much time will I have to take off work/school?
Some women take no time off work. Many decide to take off one day- the first day of heavy bleeding. You can arrange to take the Medication (misoprostol) that starts the bleeding on your regular day off.
You can swim after you have come back for you check up. This is after 2 to 3 weeks.
Can I wear a tampon
Tampons can increase the risk of infection and it is therefore not recommended. (usage can be resumed 2 to 3 weeks after checkup)
I can have sex after the abortion
You are not allowed to have sex after the termination as it can increase your change of getting an infection.(sexual activity can be resumed after the checkup 2 to 3 weeks after procedure)