Going in for an abortion? Know what to expect

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How to decide, which abortion method is safe for you?

If you are going in for an abortion you should know what to expect. Before any medicine is given or procedure performed you will get a physical examination. The doctor must be informed about any medicines which you may be on. You will have an ultrasound scan to confirm the pregnancy, it’s length and to make sure that it is located in the uterus itself. If you are less than 8 weeks pregnant you will be advised a medical abortion. If the pregnancy is more than 8 weeks you will have to go in for a surgical abortion. You will need to sign a consent form for either.

Medical abortion

Medical termination

Steps for medical abortion :

For a medical abortion you will be given a tablet or an injection initially followed by tablets orally or to be inserted in the vagina after a few days. You will begin to get menstrual like cramps and start to bleed soon after as the uterus expels it’s contents. You will continue to bleed for 2 weeks after which the bleeding will stop.

Steps for surgical abortion :

For a surgical abortion you will have the procedure in the out-patient clinic of the hospital. You will be required not to smoke, eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before the procedure. When you report to the clinic you will be made to change into a hospital gown. You will lie flat on the operating table and your feet put up in stirrups. You could be given a local anaesthetic to numb your cervix, as well as a sedative to relax you. Or you might be put under general anaesthesia

surgical abortion

surgical termination

through an I/V injection. The actual procedure will take from 10 minutes to 30 minutes at the most.

After the procedure you will be given a sanitary pad to use and asked to relax for some time before being sent home. You should have someone with you to drive you home. You will bleed for about 2 weeks. Initially, the bleeding might be heavy but will gradually decrease.

Is medicine require after abortion?

You will be given pain killers for any pain and advised to avoid tampon  usage and sex for at least a month. You will also be advised to take showers and avoid baths and swimming for a month. You will also be importantly advised birth control methods to avoid unwanted pregnancy again.

Visit your doctor :

You will need to see your doctor again two weeks after the procedure to ensure that the abortion is complete. However, if you get high fever, a foul discharge from the vagina, excessive bleeding, chills, or severe pain you must immediately contact your doctor.

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