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Medication abortion can be performed up to 12 weeks from the first day of your last period.
YES. Neither the medication nor the aspiration abortion will lower your chances of getting pregnant or staying pregnant in the future.
YES. Both of the medications you take have been used safely in the United States for over 20 years. Serious complications are rare. Medication abortion is at least 10 times safer than continuing a pregnancy.
The abortion takes place wherever is convenient for you.
You may have mild to very strong cramps off and on during the abortion. Pain medication can help.
Most people have heavy bleeding with clots, more than a regular period. This is not dangerous. After that, lighter bleeding may continue off and on for 1–2 weeks or more.
For both types of abortion, the exact cost depends on where you go and what type of insurance you may have.
Medication abortion works 92–99% of the time. Most people can tell when the medications have worked. If the medications don’t work, you can try a second course of medications or have an aspiration procedure.
Early abortion procedures are usually performed up to 13 weeks from the first day of your last period.
YES. Aspiration abortion has been done safely for over 45 years. Abortion in the first trimester (up to 13 weeks) has very few complications, and those are not usually dangerous. An early abortion procedure is at least 10 times safer than continuing a pregnancy.
The abortion takes place in the office.
You may have mild to very strong cramps off and on during the abortion. Pain management options vary depending on location.
Most people have light bleeding after the abortion for 1–7 days. Bleeding may continue off and on for 1–2 weeks or more.
Aspiration abortion works 99% of the time. Your provider will know right away that the procedure worked. If the procedure doesn’t work, your provider may offer another aspiration procedure or a course of medication.