Dr. D’s Blog

Medical Abortion

Posted on: June 12, 2009

For most patients, medical abortion is well tolerated.  The bleeding and cramping is like a bad menstrual period with patients changing their pads every 1 to 3 hours at its worst for about 4 hours.  The cramping for most patients is relieved with over the counter medications like ibuprofen or Aleve.  For some, the bleeding can be heavier with severe cramping requiring stronger narcotic pain pills for relief.  During the clinical trials, we surveyed patients as to their tolerance of this abortion method.  Over 75% indicated that if they were to have another abortion, they would have it done medically rather than surgically.

Medical abortion is an option that is available up to 8 to 9 menstrual weeks, but is not for all patients.  In my practice, 15% of patients choose it.  Many of my patients are not candidates for medical abortion because they are over 8 to 9 weeks.  Others prefer the one day convenience of the surgical abortion, and the comfort of IV sedation.  I am happy to have both medical and surgical abortions as options that are available for my patients.  More information on abortion services can by found at this website:  http://www.sjwc.net/.


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  • Mignon C: Dr. D, Thank you. Good insight. Med Student
  • Interested Citizen: Dr. Dee, I have been searching all over for a blog on abortion, but only from the medical perspective and that is written by a doctor that is in th


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