Potential risks of medical abortion near Brooklyn, The Bronx or Queens include:
You must be certain about your decision before beginning a medical abortion. If you decide to continue the pregnancy after taking medications used in medical abortion, your pregnancy may be at risk of major complications.
Medical abortion in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Queens NYC hasn’t been shown to affect future pregnancies unless complications develop.
Medical abortion isn’t an option if:
A surgical procedure called a dilation and curettage (D&C) may be an option for women who can’t have a medical abortion.
If you’re considering a medical abortion, meet with your doctor to discuss the procedure. Your doctor will likely:
Having a medical abortion is a serious decision. If possible, talk with your partner, family or friends. Talk with your doctor, a spiritual adviser or a counselor to get answers to your questions, help you weigh alternatives and consider the impact the procedure may have on your future.
Keep in mind that no doctor is required to perform an elective abortion and that in some states there are certain legal requirements and waiting periods you must follow before having an elective abortion. If you’re having an abortion procedure for a miscarriage, there are no special legal requirements or waiting periods required.
Medical abortion doesn’t require surgery or anesthesia. The procedure can be started in a medical office or clinic. A medical abortion can also be done at home, though you’ll still need to visit your doctor to be sure there are no complications.
Medical abortion can be done using the following medications:
Mifepristone (mif-uh-PRIS-tone) blocks the hormone progesterone, causing the lining of the uterus to thin and preventing the embryo from staying implanted and growing. Misoprostol (my-so-PROS-tol), a different kind of medication, causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo through the vagina.
If you choose this type of medical abortion, you’ll likely take the mifepristone in your doctor’s office or clinic. Then you will probably take the misoprostol at home, hours or days later.
You’ll need to visit your doctor again about a week later to make sure the abortion is complete. This regimen is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The vaginal, buccal or sublingual approach lessens side effects and may be more effective. These medications must be taken within nine weeks of the first day of your last period.
The medications used in a medical abortion cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramping. They may also cause: Nausea, Vomiting, Fever, Chills, Diarrhea, and Headache.
You may be given medications to manage pain during and after the medical abortion. You may also be given antibiotics, although infection after medical abortion is rare.
Your doctor will let you know how much pain and bleeding to expect, depending on the number of weeks of your pregnancy. You might not be able to go about your normal daily routine during this time, but it’s unlikely you’ll need bed rest. Make sure you have plenty of absorbent sanitary pads.
If you have a medical abortion at home, you’ll need access to a doctor who can answer questions by phone and access to emergency services. You’ll also need to be able to identify complications.
Signs and symptoms that may require medical attention after a medical abortion include:
After a medical abortion, you’ll need a follow-up visit with your doctor to make sure you’re healing properly and to evaluate your uterine size, bleeding and any signs of infection. To reduce the risk of infection, don’t have vaginal intercourse or use tampons for two weeks after the abortion.
Your doctor will likely ask if you still feel pregnant, if you saw the expulsion of the gestational sac or embryo, how much bleeding you had, and whether you’re still bleeding. If your doctor suspects an incomplete abortion or ongoing pregnancy, you may need an ultrasound and possibly a surgical abortion.
After a medical abortion, you’ll likely experience a range of emotions — such as relief, loss, sadness and guilt. These feelings are normal. It might help to talk to a counselor about them.
Among 238 women who underwent first-trimester abortion and who were randomized to the placebo group in a clinical controlled trial we studied the possible correlation of the variables age, parity, number of previous spontaneous and induced abortions, previous pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), gestational age, chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia, dysmenorrhea, social status, and the application of an intrauterine device (IUD) at abortion – to the number of days with pain, bleeding, discharge, fever, absence from work, and day of first coitus after abortion. The ANOVA test of Kruskal-Wallis with the limit of significance p less than 0.05 was employed. Women with one or more previous spontaneous abortions had significantly more days with postabortive bleeding (p = 0.010). Women with previous PID and women with dysmenorrhea had significantly more days with pain after abortion (p = 0.011 and p = 0.001). Women at a gestational age of 11-12 weeks had significantly more days with fever (p = 0.009). Women who had an IUD inserted at abortion suffered more days with pain and bleeding (p = 0.038 and p = 0.043). No one group of women carried a risk of several severe complaints after abortion except those with a history of PID.
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