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Ask Doctor Joan: Ultrasound in Early Pregnancy

Monday, October 18th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

Subject: early pregnancy abortion, ultrasound Date Asked: 2009-10-15 06:23:14 Date Answered: 2009-10-15 08:07:01 on allexperts.com Question: How does the abortion clinic determine how far along someone is?  Is the ultrasound accurate?  Or do they just base it on your last period? Answer: Dear Beth, This is an excellent question.  Ultrasound is the most accurate way […]

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Abortion Pill Step #8: Returning to your abortion provider to confirm the pregnancy is over

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

You must return to your abortion provider for a follow up visit to confirm that the pregnancy is over.  Most doctors will complete a second ultrasound.  This will confirm that the medical abortion was successful, and also evaluate whether there is tissue remaining inside the uterus. If you do have any problems,  an aspiration procedure will […]

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Abortion Pill Step #7: Having the miscarriage at home

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

One of the advantages of the abortion pill is that you can generally plan for the time that you will have the miscarriage.  You should take the misoprostol tablets 24-72 hours after taking the mifepristone in the doctor’s office.   Once you take the misoprostol, the miscarriage usually starts within a few hours.  You may have […]

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Abortion Pill Step #6: What to expect when you miscarry the pregnancy

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

The pills that you take for termination of  early pregnancy will cause you to have a miscarriage at home. You will take the second medications (misoprostol) at home, 24 -72 hours after taking the first medication (mifepristone) in our office.  You will be instructed you to let the misoprostol dissolve in your cheek, or in some […]

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Abortion Pill Step #5: Getting your Instructions

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

The Abortion Pill is really a 3 step process. 1) You take the first medicine in the office.  This medication is called mifepristone, Mifeprex®, or RU486.  Usually you feel fine after taking this medication.  Mifepristone blocks the hormones of pregnancy from working.  This results in the early pregnancy detaching from the uterine wall. 2) You will […]

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Abortion Pill Step #4: Getting your Ultrasound

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

In order to be eligible for the abortion pill, you must be between 5 and 9 weeks from your last menstrual period.  The doctor will confirm your dates by ultrasound.  The most accurate ultrasound for early pregnancy has a vaginal probe.  The tip of the probe (about 2 inches) is inserted, with lubricant, into your vagina.  Most […]

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Aspiration Abortion Step #6: A quick recovery

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

As soon as your procedure is complete the cramps will begin to subside.  You are welcome to stay in your private examination room until you feel ready to leave.  Your clinical assistant will offer you water, juice, and snacks. Most women are surprised by how quickly they return to normal.  The cramping usually goes away […]

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Step #6: A quick recovery

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

As soon as your procedure is complete the cramps will begin to subside.  Most women are surprised by how quickly they return to normal.  The cramping usually goes away in 5 or 10 minutes.  Most women feel ready to return to their normal activities immediately when leaving the office.   Click Here for Step #7: What […]

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Aspiration Abortion Step #5: Completing the Non Surgical Procedure

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

You will be asked to lie on a regular examination table, similar to the one used for your yearly pap test.  Your companion will be sitting at your side.  Your clinical assistant will be on the other side of the examination table.  Her attention will be devoted to you during the procedure. The doctor begins […]

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Step #5: Completing the Aspiration Procedure

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 by Dr Joan F.

You will be asked to lie on a regular examination table, similar to the one used for your yearly pap test. The doctor begins by completing an ultrasound examination to confirm your pregnancy dates. The doctor will begin the procedure by making preparations.  She will insert a speculum, then clean the area, and apply a numbing medicine.  This […]

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