What facts about abortion do I need to know?

Termination is a very safe procedure. Here are the facts about your options, the different kinds of abortion, and what to expect.

What are the different kinds of abortion?

Medication abortion, also known as the “termination pill,” is when you take medicines that you get from a trained doctor or nurse to end an early pregnancy. In-clinic abortion is done in a health center by a trained doctor or nurse. Both kinds of termination are safe and effective.

First-trimester abortion facts:

Common Question
In-Clinic Abortion
Medication Abortion
How does it work?
A doctor or nurse uses medical instruments and gentle suction to remove the pregnancy from your uterus. You take pills that end your pregnancy and make your uterus expel the pregnancy tissue (like an early miscarriage).
How well does it work?
It works more than 99% of the time. 8 weeks of pregnancy or less: it works about 94-98% of the time.

8-9 weeks: it works about 94-96% of the time.

9-10 weeks: it works about 91-93% of the time.

How long does the abortion take?
The procedure usually takes about 10 minutes, but the full visit usually takes a few hours. In some cases, state law requires you to come to the health center for a separate visit before the abortion. termination later in pregnancy may take longer and require more visits to the health center. Your appointment at the health center will take a few hours, and then they’ll give you the pills. You take 2 different medicines, up to 2 days apart. You may take both of the medicines at home. Or you may take one or both of them at the health center. Most of the time the termination is over within 24 hours after you take the second set of pills. You’ll have a follow-up visit or phone call to make sure the pills worked. In some cases, state law requires you to come to the health center for a separate visit before the termination.

If you need an abortion and have passed your first trimester, you can learn about your in-clinic termination options.

Is abortion safe?

Both in-clinic and medication terminations are very safe. In fact, termination is one of the safest medical procedures out there. Overall, 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will have Termination by the time they’re 45 years old.

Dr. Robin Abortion Clinic leads the country with the most up-to-date medical standards and guidelines for health care, including termination. We regularly review new medical research and get updates from groups like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Serious problems after an abortion are very rare.  But like any medicine or medical procedure, there are some risks. Learn more about the risks of in-clinic abortion and the risks of the termination pill.

How will I feel after having an abortion?

You will get written after-care instructions and a phone number you can call if you have any questions or concerns. You may have to come back for a checkup or lab work after your procedure.

Plan on resting after your termination. You can usually go back to work, school and most other normal activities the next day. Avoid hard work or heavy exercise for a few days. You can use pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup for any bleeding —  whatever’s the most comfortable for you. But your nurse or doctor may recommend you use pads so you can track how much you’re bleeding. You can have sex as soon as you feel ready.

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Most people feel fine within a day or two, but it’s common for bleeding to last for a week (or several weeks after the abortion pill). Cramping can happen for a few days.

Therefore It’s totally normal to have a lot of different emotions after your termination. Everyone’s experience is different, and there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to feel. Most people are relieved and don’t regret their decision. Others may feel sadness, guilt, or regret after an abortion. Lots of people have all these feelings at different times. These feelings aren’t unique to having termination. People feel many different emotions after giving birth, too.

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Serious, long-term emotional problems after an termination are rare. But everybody’s different, and certain things can make coping with an abortion hard. Most people feel better if they have someone supportive to talk to after an abortion. But even if you don’t think there’s anybody in your life you can talk with, you’re not alone. Your nurse or doctor can talk with you, or help you find a licensed counselor or a non-judgmental support group. You can also call Exhale or All-Options, free after-termination talk lines. They will give you confidential and non-judgmental emotional support after your termination — no matter how you’re feeling.

Will Pregnancy termination affect my health?

Abortion is safe. Unless there’s a rare and serious complication that’s not treated, there’s no risk to your ability to have children in the future or to your overall health. Having an termination doesn’t increase your risk of breast cancer, and it doesn’t cause depression or mental health issues. Abortions don’t cause infertility either. In fact, it’s possible to get pregnant quickly after you have an abortion. So it’s a good idea to talk to your nurse or doctor about a birth control plan for after your termination.

There are many myths out there about termination. The nurses and doctors at Dr. Robin Abortion Clinic can give you accurate information about any concerns you have.

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