This procedure is recommended for women who are less than nine weeks pregnant. This procedure does not require instruments inside the body.
This is a multi-step process. First, at our office, you will take a pill to prevent your pregnancy from continuing to develop. One to three days later, at home, you will take a different medication that will cause your uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy.
You will probably experience strong cramps and may have some nausea. We will provide you with pain-relief medication. You must have a support person at home with you while you are passing the pregnancy. Women usually have heavy bleeding for several hours after this medication and then experience light to moderate bleeding for about two weeks.
Your first appointment may take between one and two hours and you will need a shorter second appointment one or two weeks later to confirm that the pregnancy has passed.
About 2-3% of women undergoing a medical abortion will need a surgical procedure to complete termination. The risk of complications during the process is similar to that of surgical abortions.