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Abortions can be performed surgically by suction or medically with drugs.

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Abortions can be performed surgically by suction or medically with drugs. What is medical abortion? Medical abortion offers a new alternative to women in the U.S. seeking to terminate their pregnancies. Medical abortion uses drugs to stop the development of the embryo and to cause uterine cramping and bleeding that expels the pregnancy. Medical abortion is available early in pregnancy-before seven to nine weeks from a woman's last menstrual period, depending on the method used. More than 90% of women who use medical abortion successfully terminate their pregnancies. Otherwise, a suction abortion is done. Side effects to the drugs used in a medical abortion are usually mild and may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain/cramping, dizziness, vaginal bleeding, and headache. Pregnancy termination may be completed within a few days after the administration of medications or it may take up to 1 month. The pregnancy may be passed at an unpredictable or inconvenient time. The woman may see the pregnancy tissue. She will want to consider these factors in her decision making process. What is suction abortion? Suction abortion is a technique that has been used since 1967. ...read more.


Where can suction abortion be performed? Most early suction abortions can be performed safely in a specifically equipped procedure room in a doctor's office. Rarely, the doctor may recommend that the pregnancy be terminated in a hospital. When is the operation done? Suction abortion may be done as early as five to six weeks from the last menstrual period. Some doctors prefer to wait until seven or eight weeks. How much does it cost? An early termination, i.e. one that is done within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, costs about $500 in a doctor's office. Later terminations cost more. Most doctors require full payment in advance of the operation. Your insurance may cover some of the charges. Call your insurance office for information. Medical assistance may be available to eligible low- income women. Legal Considerations: In Washington State, only the patient needs to sign the consent for a pregnancy termination. How many days off work or school should the woman allow? For an early termination, allow 1-2 days (the day of the abortion and possibly the day after). As a general rule, avoid strenuous activity the day after. ...read more.


How soon can intercourse be resumed? Your doctor will give you specific instructions. Generally, you should avoid intercourse, swimming, deep tub baths, douching, and tampons until you have had your post-abortion exam. This is usually performed 2-4 weeks after the abortion. How can another unintended pregnancy be avoided? Any unprotected intercourse following an abortion can result in another pregnancy. To avoid pregnancy in the future, you need to choose and use a method of contraception if you decide to be sexually active. Most birth control pills are started the Sunday following the abortion. A diaphragm or cervical cap is usually fitted or checked 2-4 weeks following the abortion. If the method you choose fails or you have unprotected intercourse, you may want to discuss emergency contraception (morning after treatment) with your clinician. How will the woman feel emotionally after the abortion? The emotional effects of abortion depend in part on the meaning each woman attaches to the pregnancy and the abortion, and partly on the hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy. We recognize that these are different for every woman. The hormonal changes can accentuate mood swings in the immediate post-abortion period. We encourage women to use their own support systems both before and after the abortion. Also, Women's Clinic staff is available to any student to discuss abortion-related questions or concerns. 1 ...read more.

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