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Your first meeting with the doctor is just a chance to discuss your options and to learn more about your options. If you decide to go ahead with pregnancy termination and the doctor recommends a medical termination, you will need to come back to take the abortion pill. Some medical checks will also be performed to ensure that a medical termination is the right option for you.
The first abortion pill contains a medication called mifepristone. You will need to take the pill at the clinic, under medical supervision. It is taken by mouth, with a drink of water.
Mifepristone is a drug that blocks the hormone that maintains the lining of the womb during pregnancy. You probably won't notice much after you take the first hormone pill and you will be able to go about your normal routine. Some women experience light cramps of a little bit of bleeding.
You will take the second abortion pill at the clinic, one or two days later. This second medication is called prostaglandin, and it usually best taken as a vaginal pessary, although it can be given orally or under the tongue. You may want to remain in hospital for a while after taking the second abortion pill, but you can also choose to go home after it has been administered.
Prostaglandin will cause the lining of your womb to break down. The womb lining and its contents will then be expelled from your body, which will feel like having a period. You should notice the effects of the medication within about two to four hours after taking the pill. You may experience some cramps and period-like pains along with the bleeding, but taking a painkiller should help with this. Some women also experience sickness, shivering or diarrhoea after a medical pregnancy termination.
“ When I found that I was unexpectedly pregnant, I wanted a someone to talk to who would be sympathetic and unbaised and who would go through all my options in detail. This is exactly what I found with the team at 132 Healthwise. Although it was a very difficult time, the sensivitiy and understanding of the team was remarkable. I would recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in my situation. ”
Miss CM, London
"I panicked when I discovered that I was five weeks pregnant. It was a total shock and I wanted to deal wih the problem urgently. I knew that I didn't want to keep the pregnancy, for a vareity of reasons, but I didn't know how to deal with it. Rather than waiting for an NHS appointment, a friend recommended I rang 132 Healthwise. From the first phone call I was put at ease. I was given an appointment the next day, when I had a scan and saw the consultant. I had many questions, all of which were dealt with in detail and with sympathy. I made the decision to go ahead with a medical abortion, which was very straightforward. I had the consultants personal phone number, so I could ring him at any time, if I had worries or further questions. Nobody wants to be in this situation, but the staff at 132 Healthwise made it as trouble free as possible."
Miss AF, London
Abortion carried out by medicine rather than surgery.
The procedure is done with general anesthesia and oral pain-relieving medications.
Diagnosis and treatment of early pregnancy problems including abortion, sexually transmitted infections (STIs).