Category: How you prepare for a medication abortion

How you prepare for a medication abortion

How you prepare for a medication abortion, If you’re considering medication abortion, meet with a doctor to discuss the procedure. The doctor will likely:

  • Evaluate your medical history and overall health
  • Confirm your pregnancy with a physical exam
  • Perform an ultrasound exam to date the pregnancy
  • Do blood and urine tests
  • Explain how the procedure works, the side effects, and possible risks and complications

Five things you need to know about the abortion pill

Did you know that there is an alternative to having a surgical abortion? The medication abortion is another option. There is a lot of misinformation out there about this procedure; in this article, we’ll clear up any misinterpretation.

The abortion pill and the morning-after pill are entirely different

The abortion pill is a combination of two pills that stop a pregnancy from taking place. The morning-after pill is a form of emergency contraception that prevents ovulation. If ovulation has already taken place, the morning-after pill won’t work. The only type of contraception that can prevent you from getting pregnant is the copper IUD.

What does the abortion pill do?

Abortion is achieved using a combination of two medications that work together to terminate the pregnancy. The first pill is mifepristone (commonly known as the abortion pill.)   It causes cramping and bleeding, which subsequently empties your uterus.

The abortion pill is not dangerous to your health

Many women are hesitant to take the abortion pill because they are worried about their health. But  After nine weeks, a surgical abortion is the safe only option.

You can expect certain side effects

Bleeding and cramping will occur; this is the process of the body emptying the uterus. However, other side effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

You may need to have follow-up care

It’s vital that you attend follow-up consultations with your doctor. He/she will perform a general checkup to make sure that your uterus is healing properly; if not, he/she will advise you about follow-up care.

Misoprostol uses

Misoprostol is used to prevent ulcers in people who take certain arthritis or pain medicines, including aspirin, that can cause ulcers. It protects the stomach lining and decreases stomach acid secretion.

Study results have demonstrated that vaginal administration is more effective than oral use of misoprostol. One dose is about 70% effective, and 2 is about 84% effective.

Can you drink alcohol before taking abortion pills?

There are fasting guidelines for each abortion treatment that are very important to follow.

This is for your safety, and your appointment may need to be moved to another day if you don’t follow the guidelines.

  • 24 hours before the appointment – do not drink alcohol
  • 48 hours after treatment – Do not drink alcohol until 48 hours after treatment

If you have any questions before your appointment about these fasting guidelines, or anything else, please call us on +27638167664

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