Most frequent questions and answers
The first pill you take works by blocking progesterone, an essential pregnancy hormone, which makes the endometrium suitable for a fertilized egg.
The second pill stimulates uterine contractions. After taking it, the endometrium ruptures and is released through the vagina with pregnancy. The abortion process is usually completed within 48 hours, but bleeding can last up to 2 weeks.
Medical abortion is considered a very safe intervention, which is why many patients and doctors are in favor of medical abortion. Compared to surgical abortion, it is more cost-effective and less invasive.
However, like almost all medical procedures, medical termination is not for everyone. For example, you are not considered an ideal candidate for medical abortion in the following situations:
Possible ectopic pregnancy
Anaemia with haemoglobin less than 10 Gm.
Are taking anti-corticosteroids on a long-term basis
Suffer with adrenal failure.
Have porphyria or a haemorrhagic disease, are taking anti-coagulant medication
Suffers from uncontrolled asthma.
Have an insufficiently controlled inflammatory bowel condition.
At Louis Women’s clinic in Pretoria, We do everything possible to ensure that all of our patients are considered suitable candidates for any forward-thinking medical procedure. Before taking medication to terminate the pregnancy as soon as possible, an expert consultant will provide a comprehensive consultation to make sure the process is right for you.
As one of South Africa’s leading women’s Clinic we take aftercare very seriously.
If you feel excessive pain or abnormal bleeding at any time during the recovery period, or have any abnormal symptoms, we will be there to help you at any time.
We recommend that you follow up with a special low sensitivity pregnancy test that we will perform at home in two weeks. The proof is very easy to read, but if you have any questions, you can email the photos to us for verification. If the operation fails or tissue remains in extremely unlikely circumstances, we will work with the most advanced medical equipment and leading gynecology experts to solve the problem.
Medical abortion is considered a very safe method and has almost no associated risks or side effects. In fact, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that, statistically speaking, abortion is medically safer than continued pregnancy. Additionally, there is evidence that medical abortion is the safest way to terminate an early pregnancy. The procedure does not require anesthesia and is not surgical or invasive. For these reasons, many women and doctors like it.
There is no evidence that a simple abortion affects your future fertility or your overall health.
However, any treatment involves at least a small risk of complications and other side effects.
The hormones used for medical abortion can cause nausea and diarrhea. Also, there are very small risks associated with medical abortion:
Pelvic or uterine infection
Unrecognised ectopic pregnancy
Here at Louis Women’s Clinic, we pride ourselves on rigorously safeguarding your health. At all times throughout medical abortion we are on hand 24 hours a day through a special support line, should you require assistance, advice or support.
The Louis Women’s Clinic Medical Abortion Service is a package of services for women that can guide you from consultation to recovery. We spare no effort in the medical check-up before the intervention, and then we provide patients with advanced ultrasound examinations to make sure that the process goes according to plan.
We are proud to achieve a medical abortion success rate of up to 96%. Our decades of experience in gynecological care allow us to not only provide the highest quality healthcare services, but also to provide the best support during this difficult period.
If you have had unprotected sex in the past five days, you may need emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy.
Emergency morning-after Pill – there are two types:
Levonelle can be taken 72 hours after unprotected sex
EllaOne can be taken 5 days after unprotected sex
IUD (coil) can be inserted:
Up to 5 days after unprotected sex
Take a pregnancy test.
Symptoms of pregnancy
Tender or swollen breasts
Feeling or being sick (anytime of the day)
Altered sense of taste or smell
Needing to urinate (wee) more often
You can also buy home pregnancy test kits at most grocery stores and drug stores. If you do it yourself, strictly follow the instructions for accurate results.