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Abortion Myths

1. What Are The Most Common Methods Of Abortion?

The two most common methods of Abortion are; Medical Abortion and Surgical Abortion. In medical abortion, two pills are administered at different times, and it is a non-invasive method which can be done at home or in the clinic. Surgical abortion is a one-day procedure done by a professional in a clinic using the ‘suction method.’

2. Which Treatment Is Best?

This depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Medical abortion is used to terminate early pregnancy between 6 and 9 weeks, while surgical abortion is the only method suitable for the termination of pregnancy above 9 weeks and up to 14 weeks. Consult with the gynaecologist; he’ll be able to recommend the best abortion treatment based on your diagnosis.

3. How Confidential Is The Service?

We ensure the complete privacy of our clients and offer 100% confidentiality, so you can be assured that the information shared with us and the treatment provided, will not be disclosed to anyone without your consent. Also, we only collect minimum information, which is needed to treat you safely and legally.

4. How Should I Prepare For My Abortion?

Depending on the treatment option you have chosen, you need to arrange for travel, at least after the treatment, as driving yourself home is not recommended. We also recommend taking a shower or a bath before visiting the clinic to prevent the risk of infection. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any form of recreational drugs for at least 48 hours before the procedure. Dress comfortably for the appointment.

Also, since the surgical abortion is done under general anaesthetic, it is important to have an empty stomach, so ideally, you should stop eating 6 hours before the treatment. For any other specific queries, you can directly connect with the gynaecologist.

5. Will I Need Time Off Work?

You can return to your normal routine in a day or two and resume your daily activities. However, post-abortion, you might experience mild/intense cramping and bleeding or spotting for 3-6 weeks (some women may not bleed at all). In the meantime, ensure you have plenty of rest so your body can recover. This will also help reduce the risk of side effects.

6. Does Surgical Abortion Have Any Side Effects?

Side effects of surgical abortion depend on the procedure. Few common side effects include cramps, bleeding, pelvic and uterine infection. However, to minimize the risk of side effects, it is important that the abortion procedure is done by a trained medical professional.

7. How Long Does One Bleed After The Abortion?

It is normal for a woman to bleed for 1-2 weeks after the abortion procedure. While the bleeding is similar to a normal period, some might experience blood clots being passed. However, some women may not experience any bleeding after an abortion until their next period.

8. What About Travel After The Abortion Procedure?

It is recommended not to travel for 48 hours after the surgical abortion procedure. If you can’t postpone, make sure you have emergency medical care at hand. Also, it is not recommended to travel after taking the 2nd medication (misoprostol) as you may experience cramps and heavy bleeding.

9. How Long Will it Take to Recover From a Surgical Abortion?

This differs from person-to-person and depends on the abortion treatment. However, most women quickly recover from surgical abortion and return to their daily activities in a day or two.

10. What Happens to the Fetal Tissue After the Abortion?

There is a proper process in place, wherein we clear fetal tissue in a very sensitive way. You can talk to the gynaecologist/healthcare professional if you have any specific query/request before the abortion.

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Neha Goel

Neha Goel, a Psychology alumna and MBA graduate from CASS Business School, London, brings together her expertise as a Reiki Practitioner and Practice Manager. She integrates psychology and business strategies to foster holistic well-being and personal development.