If you are within nine weeks of the start of your last period and are considering an abortion, you have some choices to consider. One of those is a medical abortion. At GYN Choices of East Brunswick, NJ, a medical abortion can be performed for patients who qualify.
What is considered a “medical abortion?”
A medical abortion is best described as an abortion that is induced by medication. The most common medication used for a medical abortion is mifepristone, also known as the “abortion pill.” Mifepristone works at blocking the progesterone hormone, which is necessary for sustaining a pregnancy. Without progesterone, the lining of your uterus breaks down, and the pregnancy cannot continue. A second medication, misoprostol, is then taken 24-48 hours later to induce contractions and expel the pregnancy from the uterus.
When can a medical abortion be performed?
Medical abortions are typically only available up to 9 weeks from the start of your last period. They can be performed at home, though you are given information regarding when you see a provider if complications may occur.
What are the advantages of the medical abortion?
- No anesthesia or surgery is performed
- It can be done at home or in a clinic
- It can be done easily during the first portion of the pregnancy
Is a medical abortion painful?
Medical abortions help in relieving a woman of her pregnancy in a more natural manner instead of undergoing surgery. However, it can cause cramping and heavy bleeding that may worry individuals. The process can take a few days to complete but is much less invasive than alternative methods performed later on in the pregnancy. Discomfort is often compared to strong period cramps and may be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications until the abortion has been completed.
Who do I contact if I am ready to learn more about a medical abortion?
If you are considering a medical abortion, it is essential to consult with your healthcare provider at GYN Choices to ensure that it is the right choice for you. They will be able to answer any questions you have and help you through the process in a discreet and nonjudgmental manner. Our doctors are located in our East Brunswick, NJ practice and can be reached for an appointment by calling 732-698-1115.