Frequently Asked Questions
How does an Abortion Pill work?
Both abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, are usually used in order to terminate a pregnancy. Mifepristone causes the embryo to detach from the uterus thereby cutting off essential nutrients and oxygen carried by the blood. Misoprostol is then taken two days later and triggers the evacuation of the embryo remnants through the vagina. This often appears as
a heavy period.
It is advisable that you consult with your medical practitioner for a further understanding of how the abortion pill works.
Is the Abortion Pill safe?
The abortion pill is usually safer than a medical abortion or surgical abortion but should only be considered in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Like any procedure, use of the abortion pill can result in complications but if used under the supervision of a medical doctor, the chances of complications are greatly reduced. Your doctor will be best suited to handle any complications should they arise.
Dangers and Side Effects of the Abortion Pills
Common side effects include abdominal pain, cramping, bleeding and spotting for up to 2 weeks after using the abortion pill. Other side effects that may occur include drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and fevers. Side effects may not occur in every case and if you are experiencing any symptoms that are persisting, you should consult with your medical doctor immediately.
The abortion pill may cause a disturbance in your normal menstrual cycle in some users but usually there are no significant dangers associated with using the abortion pill. However using the abortion pill without the supervision of a medical practitioner or after 8 weeks of pregnancy can be dangerous. Uncontrollable bleeding, severe cramping and infections can arise without correct supervision and for this reason, you should never buy or use the abortion pill from illegal sources.
Always consult with your doctor or a qualified staff at a family planning clinic before you commence with any abortion method.
How much does an Abortion cost?
The fee charged for your abortion includes personal counseling, as well as the Medical procedure or the Abortion Pills. However, your specific cost will be determined according to the length of your pregnancy. Please be aware that this fee is based on the information you give over the phone and that there could be information derived from the pre-operative medical review that could affect the actual fee charged. For example, if you did not advise us that the length of your pregnancy was greater than first trimester or if we determine through lab tests that there are undisclosed or unknown medical issues, the fee could be subject to change.
How much do students Pay?
Students are given a 10% discounts or R100 off on all prices please sure to state when booking your appointment that your’e a student so you may get a discount
Can my partner / friend be with me during my Abortion?
In most cases, we only allow patients and medical staff into the operating room for safety and confidentiality reasons. However, you will have a nurse, counselor, and/or medical assistant with you during the procedure. Your loved ones will be kept informed of your progress throughout your visit, and extra care will be taken to visit with partners, family, or friends who are nervous or anxious about you.
l had an Abortion last week WHY does the pregnancy test show am still Pregnant?
It is very unlikely that you are still pregnant; pregnancy hormone levels can be detected by pregnancy test for up to 3-4 weeks after a surgical or medical abortion. We recommend not doing a home pregnancy test after your abortion, and suggest you wait for your follow up visit so that the physician and medical staff can confirm that you are no longer pregnant.
Will i be able to fall pregnant again after an Abortion?
There is no evidence of fertility or childbearing problems after an abortion. Having an abortion does not interfere with your ability to have children in the future.
Why do most women prefer a Medical Abortion?
A medical abortion may feel “more natural” to her
The woman wants to have more control over the abortion
The woman prefers not to have surgery
The woman can “have the abortion” (the expelling of the uterine contents) in the privacy of her own home
The woman may be more familiar with a medical abortion.
How long does it take to have an Abortion?
well at our Abortion clinics since we specilazise in Medical Abortions it will take you less than an hour from the time you arrive till we finish up with the Abortion.
Is there any Risks during the Abortion?
Abortion procedures, especially in the early weeks of pregnancy are very safe but no clinical procedure is entirely without its risk. There is no long term proven association between abortion and any ectopic pregnancy or infertility.
What about infections After Abortions?
One of the highest risks after an abortion is infection. All our clients are given a course of antibiotics to minimise this risk. We also advise women to avoid having sex for two weeks after treatment and to use sanitary towels instead of tampons. It is normal for some women to experience some bleeding for several days after the abortion.
What are the side effects of An Abortion?
- Minor Vomiting
- Milled fever
How long do i have to wait After an Abortion before going back to work?
Women who have surgical abortions often return to work within a day or two after their abortion. Women who have medical abortions often require two full days off of work. Though we recommend taking it easy for the first week or so after your abortion procedure (no heavy lifting or intense physical labor/workouts), most women feel physically capable of daily activities very soon after their abortion. Doctor’s notes for missed work are available (Doctor’s notes never disclose details about your visit).
How soon after an Abortion will i be able to have sex?
Because your risk of infection increases until the cervix is fully healed, we recommend that nothing go inside of in the vagina for at least 2-3 weeks, or until your follow-up visit. This includes, but is not limited to: no sexual intercourse, sex toys or penetration of any kind, no tampons (use only sanitary pads or liners). We also recommend avoiding swimming, hot tubs or bathtubs.