How to Prepare for Medical Abortion

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Terminating a pregnancy for any reason is an upsetting and frightening experience for most women. You need all the support and help you can get from your doctor, spouse, friends, and family. Whatever type of abortion you will get, it’s important to know what you can expect and what steps you need to take to make the procedure as safe and hassle-free as possible.

Before the abortion, you are likely to go through the following steps:

Health Assessment

One of the first things that you will undergo when preparing for an abortion is a complete health assessment by your doctor. You will be asked about your circumstances, your medical history, as well as any past pregnancies. Your doctor will discuss your health status, your options, and the risks of the procedure.If you have questions or concerns, now’s the best time to let your doctor know about it. At this point, you will be asked for counseling to help you deal with the experience.

Ultrasound Scan

After undergoing a complete health assessment, you will go through an ultrasound scan. The scan will show how far along you are, the size of the fetus, etc. From here, your doctor will determine what type of procedure you are likely to get. There are two types of abortion: medical or drug-induced abortion or surgical abortion. After the ultrasound, you doctor may also need to check your blood to determine if you have enough iron in your body to go through the treatment.

Fasting

Depending on the type of abortion you will have, you will be advised to adopt a certain diet. For example, if you’re going through surgical abortion, you will be advised to fast for a certain period of time for the anesthetic. Right before the procedure, you will be asked to eat small amounts of food.

Paperwork

If you’re using a medical card or any health insurance, you or your companion will be asked to process the paperwork. On the other hand, if you went to a private clinic for the abortion, then you might not be asked to process anything. We recommend bringing someone with you for support.

Whatever happens during the treatment will depend on the kind of abortion you are having.

Assuming that you are having a drug-induced abortion, your doctor will go through the details of the treatment. At this point, you will be asked to speak with a counselor before being wheeled to the treatment area. If all things went well during the procedure, you are free to go home after the treatment. Drug-induced abortion is done pretty quickly; you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

On the other hand, if you’re having surgical abortion, you might have to stay longer in the hospital or clinic. Because it’s a surgical procedure, you will also need more time to recover too. It’ll be a good idea to have someone there for you after the surgery.

Whatever type of abortion procedure you need to get, it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice to ensure proper physical and emotional preparation during the procedure.


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