Finding out you are pregnant can be bring about multiple feelings. Realizing you cannot or will not continue with the pregnancy brings up the decision of abortion options. Currently there are four ways to end a pregnancy, emergency contraception, non-surgical medication or aspiration procedures, or surgical abortion. If you are able to use the abortion pill in Brooklyn, you should be aware of the laws and the procedure before you proceed.
State laws concerning parental consent and/or notification, vary from state to state, and often change over the course of years. Currently no consent or notification is necessary for women who are minors in the state of New York. This applies for pregnancy tests and abortion services.
If your menstrual period is late, a non-sensitive test can be given to check for pregnancy. When you have missed a menstrual period, a sensitive test is given. Week of pregnancy is measured from the first day of your last menstrual period. If you choose to use either non-surgical or the surgical procedures, a sonogram will be given to date the pregnancy properly.
Medication abortion was approved by the Food and Drug Association for terminating early pregnancies in 2000. Approval was given as the safety and the effectiveness of this method has been shown for early pregnancies up to 63 days or 9 weeks. Europe has used this method for nearly twenty years and more than twenty countries around the world offer this service.
You will have a consultation with a doctor to review your medical history. After the sonogram results show you are eligible for the medication, the first of three pills is taken in the office. This pill is mifepristone, formally known as RU486. The second pill is taken at home between 24-72 hours. Another office visit will have been scheduled to make sure the process was successful.
No or very little bleeding will result after the first dose of medication. Some cramping and heavy bleeding will occur in the first hours of taking the second dose. However, the bleeding will reduce to what you normally experience during a usual menstrual flow. Pain medication may be given to ease the discomfort of cramping. Bleeding may continue up to six weeks.
In a very small percentage of women (1 to 2%), the procedure is not successful. At this time, the pregnancy would have to be terminated using a surgical method. Severe cramping may happen in some women lasting up to eight hours. Bleeding heavily for long periods of time should prompt you to call the doctor’s office to make sure everything is okay.
No work or school needs to be missed as you can choose the time to take the second set of pills. The miscarriage generally occurs within a few hours after the second medication. There is no visible embryo the bleeding resembles a heavy flow day in a normal period. No one needs to know you have undergone this procedure.
When choosing to use the abortion pill Brooklyn clinics are there to help you safely through the procedure. To get more information regarding your options, search the web. You can also locate an office for further consultation.
Dmitry Bronfman, MD, is a board-certified gynecologist who specializes in all aspects of contemporary women’s health, preventive medicine, pelvic pain, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and general, adolescent, and menopausal gynecology.
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