Medical Abortion – Factors To Consider

Unsafe sex may lead to the pregnancy that is not planned or welcome.

In such a case, it is always necessary that you go for an abortion to avoid the trauma of bearing the burden of pregnancy.

In most cases, women get confused with the procedure of abortion, considering it synonymous with surgery or aspiration abortion.

In many cases, the unethical doctors also recommend the surgical abortions in order to charge a higher amount of money for the treatment that could easily be dealt with without having to go for the surgery.

This process of terminating the pregnancy without having to choose the path of surgery is called medical abortion.

This is a process where the abortion is induced with the use of some abortifacient pharmaceutical drugs.

These drugs are commonly known as the abortion pills.

Usually, two common drugs are used for this procedure of terminating a pregnancy within the period of first 12 weeks of the first trimester and they are mifepristone and misoprostol.

Factors to consider when having an abortion:

Abortion is a decision that is a difficult one in terms of emotion as well as requires the potential mother to be in good health.

Week health may cause heavy bleeding and intense pain when the process of medical abortion is done.

It is necessary that the abortion is done within the first 84 days since the first day of the last missed menstrual cycle.

The doctor or medical practitioner does an ultrasound to check whether the age of the fetus is more 84 days or not.

Although it is highly recommended that the termination process is done within the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy, it is still possible to terminate the pregnancy post that period.

But the risk of health increases with the delay.

Difference between the medical and surgical abortion:

The basic difference between a medical and aspiration abortion is that you do not have to go for a surgery when you are depending on the pills.

But whereas in case of the surgery, the abortion is done by using a vacuum or suction method to take the fetus out of the body; in case of the abortion that is done on pills, the fetus is taken out using the misoprostol drug.

It is placed in the vagina to cause the heavy bleeding along with the pregnancy gets terminated.

How useful is the abortion pill?

The abortion pills are quite useful and safe to use.

The success rates are up to 97 women get a successful pregnancy termination among 100 women.

In case the pregnancy continues despite taking the pills, it may turn out to be troublesome and defective for the pregnancy and fetus.


As the entire process is done under medical supervision it is absolutely safe to go through this process.

However, there is one factor that is very essential for you to know when you take the abortion pills.

As these are not exclusively available against only a prescription by a professional medical practitioner, but can also be bought from a medicine store, there are chances that you would be taking them on your own risk. In that case, it is very important that you know about the abortion pill side effects.

The commonest of the side effects are excessive bleeding and heavy nausea.

In most cases, women who have already tried this process have compared the pain of the process associated with that of heavy and intense pain like that during menstruation.

But when you discuss the process with your doctor, he or she will recommend you with one or two painkillers to cope with the pain.

To make sure that the heavy bleeding does not lead to any further health trouble, an antibiotic is often prescribed by the doctor.

But apart from these abortion pill side effects, which can easily be dealt with, there is the problem of vomiting.

When you vomit after taking the first medicine of mifepristone, there is the chance that you will be puking it out of your body even before it is absorbed by the body.

In such a case, you must see the doctor as soon as possible to check if the medicine has been effective or not and if not, when it is safe to take it again.

But almost all the side effects that are associated with these pills go away all by themselves and you do not need any kind of medical attention for treating or dealing with them.

You can consult with the free abortion clinics to know about the dos and don’ts of the process and then proceed further.

But if you are under the medical supervision of the doctors and professional medical practitioners, you will be able to avoid the risks.

Cost of the process:

The process of abortion both the medical one that is dependent on pills and the aspiration one that is done by surgery is quite expensive and may cost you anywhere between $300 to $950.

Usually, the average abortion prices are somewhere around $800 which includes all the costs related to the medicines and the surgical procedures etc.

But when you are looking for a cheaper option, you can choose to do this on your own as it is an absolutely safer option to terminate the pregnancy with the help the pills, after you have gone through the specifications and the factors that need to be considered when choosing to abort.

You may look around for some voluntary free abortion clinics for doing the task, but there is no guarantee whether it is a registered medical clinic or not.

In that case, it is better to do the task on your own at home, after buying the pills from a medical shop, if you are worried about the abortion prices.

Consult with your doctor to know about the prices that you have to pay and then take the decision whether you are choosing the clinic for the task or not.

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Carol Turner
Carol Turner, M.D. is an obstetrician who treats a broad range of women’s health issues. She specializes in pregnancy, general obstetrics, cervical cancer prevention, abnormal vaginal bleeding, minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery. Dr. Turner’s philosophy of care is the patient. She has spent most of her live educating young women on the importance of routine pre-cancer testing. Carol received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.