Mifepristone and Misoprostol are the most commonly used abortion pills.
Using pills is a surgery free procedure of abortion, but the guidance of an expert gynecologist is recommended for the same.
The two pills are to be taken within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy
Normally, the abortion is done in at least two stages; the second visit to the doctor is done a couple of weeks after the first visit
This is to ensure that the abortion is successful, and no complications exist
In case of a failed abortion, the doctor will opt for a surgical abortion
The gynecologist first gives Mifepristone by mouth. This separates the placenta from the endometrium, and softens the cervix and enhances uterine contractions to allow uterine contents to pass
Within 48 hours, the Misoprostol tablet is either given by mouth or inserted through the vagina. This causes uterine contractions that cause the contents to pass through
A second visit is advised after 2 weeks to confirm the success of the abortion and to rule out any complications
If a medical abortion is not successful, the doctor may suggest a surgical abortion
Also, abortion has to be done within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy
It is advised for the woman to not have sexual intercourse for at least a week or till the doctor allows after an abortion
Due to hormonal changes, it is possible for the woman to experience depression, fatigue, etc after an abortion
The regular periods will come any time within six weeks after the abortion
It is advisable to use proper contraceptive methods once the woman starts to have sexual intercourse again
Family planning is also important in the future
"Authored By Dr.Niraj Mahajan"
MD- Gynecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Uro-gynecologist , Infertility specialist & Cosmetic Gynecologist.Read more [+]