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Abortion Pill-Medical

Abortion Pill Treatment during COVID-19

Early Medical Abortion is the routine treatment option for pregnancies up to 10 weeks gestation unless this is not safe or suitable for you. 

Medical abortion: The abortion pill up to 10 weeks

Medical assessment

You will have your consultation and medical assessment over the telephone and have opted for treatment with medical abortion. You will need to come into the clinic to take the first medication and then will complete your treatment at home.

Consent

We will explain the known risks and complications of your treatment during your telephone assessment. The risks and complications of this treatment are presented below.

Use sanitary towels to monitor your bleeding during abortion pill treatment. Bleeding is usually heavy – more than a period, and you may see blood clots (usually smaller than a lemon) or other tissue when you pass the pregnancy. The tissue is larger and more recognizable at higher gestations, but in most cases, the fetus cannot be seen without magnification.

Once the pregnancy passes the amount of bleeding and cramping should noticeably reduce. It is likely you will feel cramping on and off for a week or so and this should be easily managed with ibuprofen or paracetamol. After the pregnancy passes, most women will have light bleeding for about two weeks but you can have to spot up to your next period.

Your next period may be heavier than usual.

Sometimes you may have a short episode of pain with a gush of blood or a clot several weeks after the abortion. Contact us if this continues.

For most women, early medical abortion is likely an early miscarriage. It is normal to have bleeding and cramping. You might also:

  • feel dizzy
  • feel nauseous, vomit and/or have diarrhea (more likely when misoprostol is placed between the mouth and gum)
  • have a headache
  • have temporary flushes or sweats

If these symptoms continue after 24 hours of taking the second medicine, please get in contact with us.

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