A medical abortion is one that uses medications to cause an abortion instead of surgical instruments. Many women prefer a medical abortion because it feels more natural and it allows them more privacy than a surgical abortion. Medical abortion is usually only available for early pregnancies and may require 2-3 visits. Often, medical abortions are offered in a private doctor’s office and most of the management is in the privacy of your home.
Medical abortion is not for every woman. It’s important to know exactly what to expect with medical abortion and to be honest with yourself about what you can handle. There may be heavy bleeding or strong cramping with medical abortions.
Advantages of Medical Abortion
One of the greatest advantages of medical abortion is that you can receive treatment as soon as your pregnancy test is positive, privately, discreetly, quickly, and without surgery!
Types of Medical Abortion
We offer two types of medical abortions:
- The “Abortion Pill” otherwise known as RU 486, and
- Methotrexate / Misoprostol which starts with injections of Methotrexate. Methotrexate can be used to stop ectopic pregnancies— pregnancies that develop in a Fallopian tube.
After a Medical Abortion
You will need to return to our office for a follow-up visit in two to three weeks. We need to be certain the abortion is complete and that you are well. We will do a sonogram and a pregnancy test at your follow up visit. The RH factor of your blood type will be determined at your initial visit, and, if you have RH negative blood you will receive a RhoGam injection the day you begin your procedure. You will receive written information that describes the entire process and you will have a private consultation with our physician to address any questions or concerns.