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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 follow-up examination.
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 medical abortion.
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 abnormalities.
A follow-up examination is done in 1 to 3 weeks after a medical abortion. The examination may include:
Current as of: May 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Sarah Marshall MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineRebecca H. Allen MD, MPH - Obstetrics and GynecologyKirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of:
May 29, 2019
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca H. Allen MD, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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