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Abortion Services

Medication Abortion

Medication Abortion

 For a woman Less than 9 weeks 0 days (63 days) pregnant

  • Please call 780-484-1124 to book or inquire.
  • The medication abortion will take a minimum of 1 week with 2 appointments or may take as long as 3 weeks and 4 appointments to complete.

There are certain criteria for when the medication abortion is appropriate and most likely to be successful. Some of the criteria are as follows.

A woman must:

  • Be less than 9 weeks 0 days (63 days) pregnant
  • Be certain about terminating her pregnancy
  • Return for all necessary appointments to complete the abortion procedure
  • Agree to the surgical abortion if the medication abortion is not successful
  • Be screened to rule out certain medical conditions that make the medical abortion unsuitable
  • Be comfortable with possible medication side effects, inserting pills into your vagina and with the bleeding and cramping you will have.

Medication Abortion Process

DAY 1:

  • A vaginal ultrasound will be done to confirm and date the pregnancy. If the ultrasound confirms the pregnancy to be under 9 weeks (63 days) you can proceed with the medication abortion, providing you have met all of the other criteria.
  • A medication called Mifepristone will then be given to take orally. Mifepristone is an anti-hormone. It acts by blocking the effects of progesterone, a hormone that is needed for pregnancy to continue.
  • You will then be given medication to take home and instructions about what you will need to do and what to expect, and how to reach a clinic nurse if necessary.

24 – 48hrs (after Mifepristone):

  • The medication, called Misoprostol (Cytotec) that you were given at the clinic needs to be inserted in to your vagina 24 to 48 hours after you have taken the oral Mifepristone.
  • After the tablets are inserted you can expect to have uterine contractions (cramps), vaginal bleeding and to pass some pregnancy tissue
  • This often occurs within 4 hours but can occur anywhere between 30 minutes and 48 hours after inserting the Misoprostol tablets.
  • The amount of bleeding and cramping can vary from woman to woman.

14 DAY’S:

  • You will return to the clinic and have another vaginal ultrasound to ensure all the tissue has passed.
  • If the abortion is not complete the doctor will discuss your options.