Know the basics
What is abortion?
Abortion is the early ending of a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is done by a licensed health care professional.
How common is abortion?
It is a personal problem, depending on your choice. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of abortion?
The common symptoms of abortion are bleeding, period-type pain or discomfort. You might experience some bleeding and period-type pains for up to 14 days after any type of abortion.
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
You should contact your doctor if you have symptoms of the infection after an abortion:
- High temperature;
- Vaginal discharge;
- Abdominal pain that doesn’t improve after taking painkillers.
It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Know the causes
What causes abortion?
This is a decision of a woman who is pregnant for an unwanted pregnancy or birth defects prevention.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for abortion?
There are many risk factors for abortion, such as:
- Birth control failure;
- Birth defects prevention;
- Pregnancy resulting from rape or incest;
- Physical or mental conditions that endanger the woman’s health if the pregnancy is continued.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How to diagnose pregnancy before the abortion?
Your doctor will ask about your medical history and will do a physical exam. You will have lab tests to make sure that you are pregnant. You may also have an ultrasound to determine how old is your baby.
How does abortion happen?
It will depend on how many weeks pregnant you are.
- Medical abortion, such as misoprostol, mifepristone, methotrexate.
- Surgical abortion, such as vacuum aspiration or dilation and evacuation (D&E).
After 9 weeks, surgical abortion is usually the only option.
Lifestyle changes & Home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage abortion?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you prevent pregnancy:
- Use a condom when having sex;
- Having a certain pregnant plan.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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Review Date: September 28, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017