What kind of abortions are there?
What kind of abortion you have very much depends on:
- how many weeks pregnant you are
- the type of anaesthetic you will have
- whether or not you are suitable for a medical abortion (you will be given pills to end your pregnancy).
The earlier you go for help the more options are available so don't put off seeking advice.
Remember, you have choices so make sure that all options are clearly explained to you by the nurse/doctor and don't be afraid to ask questions.
What happens afterwards?
After you have ended your pregnancy you will probably feel cramps very like your period cramps, and experience some bleeding which can last for about two weeks.
The nurses will tell you what to expect, and how to look after yourself and give you a number to ring if you need advice.
The nurse or doctor will talk about sex with you. While this may be the last thing on your mind, you need to know how long to wait after your abortion and what contraception to use. If you want to talk to someone after your abortion most hospitals and organisations like us offer post-abortion support and counselling.
Find out more about Marie Stopes International’s abortion services
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