Medical abortion is a procedure that uses medication to end a pregnancy. A medical abortion is started either in a medical office or at home with follow-up visits to your doctor. It doesn't require surgery or anesthesia. It's safer and most effective during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. If you're considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, side effects, possible risks, complications and alternatives.

April 01, 2015