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A medical abortion is the use of medicines to end a
pregnancy. Medical care for a medical abortion is different from medical care
for a surgical abortion. This is because a medical abortion is like a
miscarriage (in this case, caused by medicines) that
takes place at home over 1 to 2 days and does not require your doctor to be
present. After a couple of weeks of bleeding, you then see your doctor for a
Before a medical
abortion, your doctor may:
In addition to the medicines used to cause an abortion,
your doctor will give you medicines to minimize side effects, with specific
instructions for their use. These medicines are used:
All women who have
Rh-negative blood type will be given Rh immunoglobulin to prevent
Rh sensitization after an abortion.
If you need to call your doctor about your symptoms during a medical abortion, be prepared to provide information about:
Carefully follow all
of your doctor's instructions and review what-to-expect information after a
Follow these instructions:
Normal symptoms that most women will
experience after a medical abortion include:
Call your doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms
after an abortion:
Call your doctor for an appointment
if you have had any of these symptoms after a recent abortion:
Complications that can occur include:
When a medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion must
be done as follow-up to prevent complications or development of a fetus with
follow-up examination is done about 2 weeks after a medical abortion. The
examination may include:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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