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Medication Abortion

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If you’re considering an abortion, you have two safe and effective options in or around Boston: abortion pill (medication abortion) or in-clinic abortion. Both methods are equally safe and effective, so you need to select the ideal option based on your unique situation and comfort. In terms of availability, medication abortion is available during the first 11 weeks of pregnancy, and in-clinic abortion is available during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Generally speaking, medication abortion is suitable for individuals looking for a less invasive and more private experience. You have to take two pills (one at the clinic and the other at home) — the entire process may take 2 to 3 days. Our medical personnel will guide you through the entire process so you know exactly what to expect. You may contact our HealthQ location serving all of Boston for more information.

About The Abortion Pill

Medication abortion, also known as “the abortion pill,” in Boston is a safe and effective means of terminating a pregnancy from the comfort of your home. It’s available up to 11 weeks (77 days) from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). The procedure involves taking two medications at specific times, the first at the clinic and the second in your home.

The first pill (mifepristone) effectively ends the pregnancy by blocking the hormones necessary for your pregnancy. The second pill (misoprostol) induces uterine contractions to empty its contents, an experience similar to a miscarriage. The entire process may take several days, but it can be done from the privacy of your home.

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Your Medication Abortion Journey

Step 1: The First Medication

Step 2: The Second Medication

You have to take the second medication, misoprostol, about 12 to 48 hours after the first medication. Misoprostol will induce uterine contractions to empty its contents — you may experience cramping and bleeding for a few hours. You can reduce the pain and discomfort with heating pads and over-the-counter pain medications. The entire process can take 5 to 12 hours, and the experience is similar to an early miscarriage.

During this period, you’ll experience considerable cramping and bleeding, similar to a heavy period. You may also pass blood clots and tissue. Other side effects include stomachaches, dizziness, mild fever, and diarrhea. You may also experience mild cramping for a few days after the end of your pregnancy, but the discomfort is tolerable, and you can resume your work and daily activities. You may call our medical staff at any point with questions or concerns after taking an abortion pill in Boston.

Step 3: The Follow-Up Appointment

You’ll have a follow-up phone call or an in-clinic appointment approximately 7 to 14 days after the second medication. Our nurse practitioner will ensure the abortion is complete and that you’re healthy. You can also ask the practitioner to discuss effective birth control options if you so choose.

Contact Us Immediately If:

  • You experience heavy bleeding, enough to go through 2 maxi pads in 2 hours.
  • You experience abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, weakness, diarrhea, or fever over 24 hours after taking misoprostol (second pill)
  • You have a fever of 100.4°F or higher for over 4 hours within a few days of taking mifepristone (first pill)

Our providers will be available to answer urgent questions and concerns via our answering service at all times, including weekends and after-hours. If you notice any of the aforementioned conditions, please go to the nearest emergency room or call us at (978) 575-8420.

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Medication Abortion at HealthQ, Boston

HealthQ believes that everyone should have access to fair, accurate, medically sound, and unobstructed information about their body and options. If you decide to end your pregnancy, we will support you in your decision, inform you about all of your options, and provide the highest standards of care. Please schedule an appointment at our medical center serving all of Boston to discuss your abortion options, including an abortion pill in Boston.

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