FAQs

Surgical abortion

Does it hurt?

Most women feel  cramp like pains when the uterus is being emptied. However this can vary to no discomfort and to quite moderate discomfort. Additional pain relief is administered where required

What will the bleeding be like?

Can be light or moderate lasting for a few days up to two weeks. It is not unusual to have only spotting or no bleeding at all.

When can I go back to work?

The next day when the drugs have worn off & you are emotionally ready. Our doctor will provide you with a medical certificate for a day or two if requested.

What if I am breast feeding?

Because the medications can pass into the breast milk we advise expressing and saving enough milk for 24 hours prior to the procedure. Express and destroy for breast milk for 24 hours after the procedure.

When do I start contraception?

It is possible to become pregnant again very soon after the abortion. Therefore start oral contraceptives the day after the procedure. Implants or an IUCD can be fitted in the procedure room immediately after the abortion. Depo Provera can also be given immediately the procedure is complete.  Discuss the choices further either at AMAC or with your doctor.

Will the abortion affect my fertility?

There is no evidence that your future fertility will be affected.

How long will I be at the clinic?

Plan to be here all day. Make childcare arrangements until at least 4:30 pm.

Medical abortion

Does it hurt?

It varies; cramps can be quite strong until the pregnancy passes through the cervix. Pain relief, walking, a hot water bottle or wheat bags are helpful.

What if I am breast feeding?

Do not breast feed for one week after taking the Mifepristone on the first visit.

Will the abortion affect my fertility?

There is no evidence that your future fertility will be affected.

When can I return to work?

Most women return to work the next day but our doctors can provide you with a medical certificate for a few days.

When will I expect my next period?

Between four to nine weeks.

When do I start contraception?

The day after the pregnancy has passed for oral contraception. Discuss other methods such as IUCD etc. with our staff.

How will I know the pregnancy has ended?

Your pregnancy symptoms should gradually lessen.  The blood test results will confirm falling levels of pregnancy harmone. Where there is any doubt a repeat scan will recommended..

What will I see?

The gestational sac can sometimes be seen; the embryo may be visible depending on how pregnant you are.

How long will it take?

In over 90% of cases, the pregnancy will be expelled in the 6 hours after the Misoprostol tablets are administered.

What if it fails to end the pregnancy?

It will be necessary to administer further medications or a suction procedure may be necessary.