A woman has many decisions to make when considering abortion. If you’re thinking about abortion, your health care provider may talk with you about a few different abortion methods. You may be…
Our goal is to provide every patient with the time, attention and information necessary to address her questions and concerns so that she is able to make an informed decision regarding the abortion process.
You have been watching the calendar and mentally marking the days. You should have had a period by now. You are scared. You cry. You cannot sleep. And you hope it is not true. But an early pregnancy test confirms your worst fears, and you believe that abortion is the best choice for you.
Eleven years ago, you only had one safe and legal option if you wanted an abortion–a surgical procedure. But in 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally approved the use of RU-486 for medical abortions. Since then, nearly 1.4 million women have used the approved medication to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Still, myths and misunderstandings exist about the procedure–so here are some facts about medical abortion:
- Women in the earliest stage of pregnancy, whose last menstrual period began 49 days ago or less, is eligible for a medical abortion.
- A medical abortion is a combination of two medications: The pill ru-486 causes the uterus to contract and push the embryo out of the uterus.
- About 95 percent to 98 percent of women who use ru-486 will have a complete abortion.For the remaining 2-5 percent who are either still pregnant, have an incomplete abortion, or have excessive bleeding, a suction procedure is required.
- There is a three-step regimen for a medical abortion. The first two are taking the pills; Step Three, two weeks later, is an examination to confirm that the abortion is complete. If it is not, more time may be needed or a surgical abortion should be scheduled.
- Some women prefer surgical abortions. While safe, a medical abortion is not a day at the beach–there is bleeding, often heavier than a menstrual period, and other side effects that can be more difficult than a surgical procedure. Some women experience gastrointestinal discomfort and dizziness, weakness and headaches. However, most women who have had medical abortions feel it was a good choice for them because it affords them privacy and they are able to terminate the pregnancy in the earliest stages.