|How far along in the
pregnancy can I be?
||Up to 9 weeks
(63 days) from the first day of your last menstrual
period. An ultrasound will be done at our office to
confirm that you are early.
||Up to 10-11 weeks from your last
menstrual period. An ultrasound will be done at our
office to confirm that you are early.
|How long does it take?
visits to our office. You take one pill when you’re
in the office. After that you usually don’t
feel any different. You take another set of pills
at home. Those pills cause you to have an early miscarriage
at home. This usually happens within hours of taking
the second pills, but sometimes it can take longer.
You must come back for a follow up visit.
||One visit to the provider.The procedure
takes 3-10 minutes.The follow up visit is scheduled
only as needed.
|Will I have to miss
||No. We will
talk with you about how to plan to take the second
set of pills.
||No. Usually you feel back to normal
within 15 minutes of the procedure.
|How does it work?
pill blocks pregnancy hormones from acting on your
uterus. This stops the pregnancy from growing. The
second pill causes the cervix (opening to the uterus)
to dilate, and causes the uterus to contract, so that
the pregnancy is expelled.
||The doctor inserts a thin tube
into your uterus, through the cervix (opening to your
uterus). Gentle pressure is applied with a hand-held
plastic instrument. The contents of the uterus come
into the plastic instrument.
|How painful is it?
||Most women say the miscarriage
part is better than they expected. You usually have
mild or moderate cramps for several hours. You will
get pain medicines to help.
women say it’s better than they expected. You
will have mild to strong cramps that usually last
3-5 minutes. You don’t need to be put to sleep.
The cramps really aren’t that bad and they only
last a few minutes. It’s safer to do it awake.
|How much will I bleed?
bleed heavier than a period during the miscarriage.
This lasts for a few hours. After that you will bleed
like a period. The bleeding afterward can last from
days to months. You can spot, or bleed like a period.
||Usually light bleeding from 1-7
|What will I see?
||We will show you the ultrasound,
if you want to see it. If you are early enough to
take the pill, it is unlikely you would see an embryo – it
is not yet formed. When you have the miscarriage,
you will mostly see blood, clots, a whitish tissue
that is lining your uterus (like wet paper towel).
||We will show
you the ultrasound, if you want to see it. During
the procedure, you will not see anything, if you choose.
If you request, we will show you the tissue that is
removed. An embryo cannot be seen until you have missed
at least two periods. At that point the pregnancy
is about the size of a pea, and the embryo is not
|What if it doesn't
||It can fail 1-2 times out of 100.
If it doesn't work, you can try the pill a second
time, or get the aspiration procedure. There is no
sure to see that it’s complete before you leave
the office. If you are too early to see anything,
you will need to get a blood test and come back for
a follow up.
|Is it safe?
||The medicines are safe. Complications
are very rare. There is no problem getting pregnant
in the future.
||It is very safe.
The doctor will talk with you about rare complications.
There is no problem with getting pregnant in the future.
|Which is better?
equally safe and effective. It’s more a matter
of your own personality. Many women choose the pill
because they feel like it’s more natural. They
don’t mind the extra visits. Most women are
happy with whichever method they choose. You don’t
have to decide until you come in.
||They’re equally safe and
effective. It’s more a matter of your own personality.
Many women choose the procedure because they want
to have it be done that day. Most women are happy
with whichever method they choose. You don’t
have to decide until you come in.
|How soon can I start
control can be started the day of your follow up visit.
You would need to set up an additional visit for a
diaphragm, cervical cap, or IUD.
||Most birth control can be started
the day of your procedure. You would need to set up
an additional visit for a diaphragm, cervical cap,
|When can I have sex
||Whenever you feel like it.
that you wait a day after the procedure before putting
anything in your vagina.