If you're considering a medical abortion, meet with your doctor to discuss the procedure. If your doctor is willing to perform an abortion, he or she will likely:
- Evaluate your medical history and overall health
- Confirm your pregnancy with a physical exam
- Do an ultrasound exam to date the pregnancy and confirm it's not outside the uterus (ectopic pregnancy) and not a tumor that developed in the uterus (molar pregnancy)
- Do blood and urine tests
- Explain how the procedure works, the side effects, possible risks and complications
Having a medical abortion is a serious decision. If possible, talk with your partner, family or friends. Talk with your doctor, spiritual adviser or a counselor to get answers to your questions, help you weigh alternatives and consider the impact the procedure may have on your future.
Keep in mind that no doctor is required to perform an abortion and that in some states there are certain legal requirements and waiting periods you must follow before having an elective abortion.
April 01, 2015
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