Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. See the main Abortion page for abortion types and additional information.
There two types of induced abortion:
- Medical Abortion
- Surgical Abortion
A medical abortion causes the termination of a pregnancy by using a combination of medications. The CDC updated guidelines to now allow women to take the medication 21 days later into a pregnancy, increasing the allowable window from 49 days from last menstrual period to 70 days from last menstrual period.
The FDA also decreased the dosage of one of the drugs on the market that medical societies previously criticized as being too high. In most states, the number of doctor’s visits women will have to make in cases of medical abortion is now reduced to two days. Ultrasound is used to determine if the pregnancy is in the uterus and the gestational age obtained will ensure the 70 days is adhered to.
An example of an abortion appointment might include receiving your first medicine, Mifepristone at the clinic on the day your abortion is scheduled. Mifepristone works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Without progesterone, the uterine lining breaks down and your pregnancy cannot continue.
The second medicine given is misoprostol. It causes the uterus to contract and empty. You’ll take the second medicine 24-48 hours after taking mifepristone. Your healthcare provider will give you instructions on how and when to take the second medicine. Misoprostol will cause you to have cramps and bleed vaginally.
You may see large blood clots and/or tissue as your pregnancy (embryo) is expelled. More than half of women abort within four or five hours after taking the second medicine. For others, it takes longer. Most women abort within a few days. It’s normal to have some bleeding or spotting for up to four weeks after the abortion.
The medications are taken to end a viable pregnancy.
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