If you have decided to abort a pregnancy and are unfamiliar with the process, you may have some questions as you consider your visit to an abortion clinic in New York. Here is a list of frequently asked questions you may find helpful.
Question: After I have had unprotected sex, how soon will I know that I am pregnant?
Answer: An over the counter pregnancy test will usually give you a fairly accurate test result seven days after your last period was due. If you get a negative test result but still continue to have symptoms of early pregnancy, take a test again in another seven days. Some pregnancies may not show up on an over the counter test. If you suspect you have an unwanted pregnancy, you should take care of it as soon as possible. It is not advisable to wait until you are three or four months along.
Question: What are the early signs of pregnancy?
Answer: Early signs of pregnancy include the following: unexplained fatigue, amenorrhea (your period has stopped), morning sickness (nausea and/or vomiting that you experience any time of the day or night that is not due to a virus or food poisoning), breast tenderness and soreness (this is often the first sign of pregnancy, sometimes beginning a few days after you conceived), breast swelling and tingling, and other changes in your breasts, such as a darkening of the nipple area. Some women feel short contractions and cramps (they are usually not very painful) in early pregnancy, and these contractions may increase as the pregnancy progresses. Some women also experience food cravings in the first semester, and some women also develop pink or blue lines on their breasts and on their abdomen area (the veins showing through the skin), although most women do not experience this until the second trimester.
Question: Will I feel pain during an abortion?
Answer: Most patients who have a procedure performed in an abortion clinic in Brooklyn will feel some cramping afterward. These women take Tylenol or Motrin to help relieve the pressure. However, this isn’t any reason to put the procedure off. It is done with general anesthesia and therefore painless. Generally, the sooner you have an abortion performed the less uncomfortable it will be, and the easier it will be to recover from it.
Question: I have heard that an abortion is emotionally traumatic. How do most girls feel after they have an abortion?
Answer: It is a difficult decision to end a pregnancy, even if it was unexpected, so it is understandable that most feeling people will be upset and emotional during or after the procedure. If you continue to feel depressed, upset, regretful, or guilty for more than a few days after you had the abortion Brooklyn doctors advise that you seek a counselor.
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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