Abortion is one of the most common outpatient surgical procedures in the country. Our doctor has been doing this procedure since 1973. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading public health research organization, abortion is 11 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term.
There is no evidence of a link between an uneventful abortion and infertility. The major causes of infertility are scarring of the Fallopian tubes from infections and advanced age of the mother. As with any surgery, infection, though rare, is a risk.
Taking all your medications, following instructions, and returning for your follow-up examination will reduce your chance of any post-abortion problems. If you are concerned about this risk, do not hesitate to ask us about it and we will be able to answer your questions more specifically.
Every person responds to and tolerates pain differently. Abortion patients are generally surprised at how well they feel after their abortion. Although most women experience some hard cramping during the procedure, the intensity of the cramps begins to lessen quickly while in recovery. When patients leave, they may feel light cramping that can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. During a non-surgical abortion, patients can experience a more intense level of cramping for a longer period of time but pain relievers and rest can help manage the discomfort.
Be prepared to spend anywhere from 2 to 4 hours at the clinic.