Abortion Pills in Johannesburg
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What is abortion pills?
Medication abortion — also called abortion pills — is a safe and effective way to end an early pregnancy.
Thinking about getting the abortion pills?
How does abortion pills work?
“Abortion pill” is the popular name for using two different medicines to end a pregnancy: mifepristone and misoprostol.
Your doctor or nurse will give you the first pills, mifepristone, at the clinic. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to grow normally. Therefore Mifepristone blocks your body’s own progesterone. You’ll also get some antibiotics.
You use the second medicine, misoprostol, 6-48 hours later, usually at home. This medicine causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus. It’s kind of like having a really heavy, crampy period, and the process is very similar to an early miscarriage.
How effective is the abortion pills?
Abortion pills are very effective. For people who are 8 weeks pregnant or less, it works about 98 out of 100 times. From 8-9 weeks pregnant, it works about 96 out of 100 times. From 9-10 weeks, it works 93 out of 100 times.
The abortion pill usually works, but if it doesn’t, therefore you can take more medicine or have an in-clinic abortion to complete the abortion.
When can I take abortion pills?
You usually can get a medication abortion up to 70 days (10 weeks) after the first day of your last period. If it has been 71 days or more since the first day of your last period, you can have an in-clinic abortion to end your pregnancy.
Why do people choose abortion pills?
Which kind of abortion you choose all depends on your personal preference and situation. With medication abortion, some people like that you don’t need to have a procedure in a doctor’s office. You can have your medication abortion at home or in another comfortable place that you choose. You get to decide who you want to be with during your abortion, or you can go it alone. Because medication abortion is similar to a miscarriage, many people feel like it’s more “natural” and less invasive.
Your doctor, nurse, or health center staff can help you decide which kind of abortion is best for you.
After an Abortion
Caring for yourself after an abortion is important. Staff is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions or discuss concerns.
Normal Side Effects
Some women do not experience any bleeding. Others may have bleeding that lasts from 2–6 weeks.
- Bleeding may be spotty, dark brown, and include clots.
- Often there is no bleeding for the first few days immediately following the abortion, then hormonal changes may cause bleeding as heavy as a period around the third or fifth day and increased cramping.
- If heavy bleeding (soaking a full-sized maxi-pad in one hour) occurs, then begin deep uterine massaging for 10 minutes, take Ibuprofen, use a heating pad, and decrease activity.
- If heavy bleeding continues for more than three hours, call us (see calling instructions above).
Discharge may be:
- Non-bloody and range from a brown to black color.
If the discharge is itchy or painful, has a bad odor, and is pus-like, call us (see calling instructions above).
- Cramping is normal and necessary for the uterus to return to its non-pregnant size.
- Some times Cramping may by occasional, like menstrual cramps, for the first few days.
- Cramping may increase, along with bleeding and clotting, particularly around the third to fifth day.
- Most importantly Cramping should be relieved by ibuprofen, deep uterine massage, heat, and rest.
Cramping may be relieved by one or more of the following:
- Take 800 mg ibuprofen with food or milk every 6 to 8 hours.
- Apply uterine massages frequently. This involves firmly pressing down on your abdomen with your fingertips. Rub in a circular motion from the belly button to your pubic bone. You may need to continue this for at least 10 minutes to get some relief.
- Drink warm liquids such as tea or hot cocoa.
- Use a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen.