How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're considering medical abortion, meet with your health care provider to discuss the procedure. Your health care provider 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) or 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

Proceeding with a medical abortion is always a very serious decision and in most cases should not be done without discussions with people you need to support you in such a major step. Talking with your partner, family or friends may help. Talk with your health care provider, 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 health care provider is required to perform an abortion and that in some states there are certain legal requirements and waiting periods you must follow before proceeding with an abortion.

May. 31, 2012