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Q. I have been bleeding for a month after a surgical abortion. Is that normal?
 
Bleeding after a surgical abortion or an Aspiration Procedure is normal for up to 8 weeks after an abortion, but it shouldn’t continue longer than 2 months. After one month of bleeding you should get an evaluation from your doctor. Lengthy bleeding could be normal, or it could mean that there is retained tissue. Other signs of retained tissue include abdominal cramping that comes and goes, passing clots, or a discharge with a foul odor. Don’t worry, retained tissue does not cause any harm to you or your uterus. However, it is possible that you will need a repeat procedure.
 
Q. I had an abortion over a month ago and I still haven’t gotten my period. Is that normal?
 
It is common to have irregular periods after ending a pregnancy. Sometimes regular periods don’t return for two to three months. Don’t worry, your periods will return to normal. See your doctor for an evaluation if your period doesn’t come in three months.
 
Q. I am concerned about with a missed period is a failed abortion or a new pregnancy.
 
If you had a check up after your abortion, you should be reassured that the abortion was successful. If you suspect pregnancy after abortion, it can be difficult to tell if you are pregnant. After an abortion, the pregnancy test can remain positive for over a month. One way to tell if you are pregnant again is to get a pack of two home pregnancy tests. Take one test at least one week after the day you think you conceived. Take the second test one week later and compare them. If the second test is darker than the first (more positive) it is probably a new pregnancy. If the second test is lighter than the first test, the positive pregnancy test is probably reading your hormones from the initial pregnancy.
 
Q. How soon after conception does a pregnancy test turnpositive?
 
Today, pregnancy tests can start to turn positive 10-14 days after conception. If the test is negative two weeks after unprotected sex, it is unlikely that conception occurred.
 
Q. Can I get pregnant after abortion?
 
Yes, definitely. Routine abortion does not cause infertility. You can get pregnant within weeks after an abortion, so it is important to practice prevention right away. Ovulation can occur at any time, even when you are bleeding. If you do not want to get pregnant again it is important to practice prevention. If you do want to get pregnant again and you had a very early medical abortion (RU486) or the Aspiration Procedure, you can conceive immediately. If you had a first trimester surgical abortion (D&C procedure) and are choosing to get pregnant, it is probably fine to conceive immediately, but you may want to wait one month to make sure the uterus is healed.
 
Q. How do I know if I’m pregnant again after an abortion?
 
After an abortion, the pregnancy test can remain positive for over a month. One way to tell if you are pregnant again is to get a pack of two home pregnancy tests. Make sure they are the tests that have two lines, and are not digital. Digital tests have letters like “pregnant.” Take one test at least one week after the day you think you conceived. Take the second test one week later and compare them. If the second test is darker than the first (more positive), it is probably a new pregnancy. If the second test is lighter than the first test, the positive pregnancy test is probably reading your hormones from the initial pregnancy.
 
Q. I am pregnant right after an abortion. Is this aproblem?
 
If you are pregnant right after an abortion, there are no concerns about either continuing the pregnancy or ending the pregnancy. If you decide to end the pregnancy, a second abortion is safe. There is no evidence that repeat abortions cause any problems for future fertility. If you decide to continue the pregnancy there is no reason to be concerned. If the uterus was ready to conceive, it should be ready to carry the pregnancy.
 
Q. I have been bleeding for a month after a surgical abortion. Is that normal?
 
Bleeding after a surgical abortion or an Aspiration Procedure shouldn’t be longer than a month. After one month of bleeding you should get an evaluation from your doctor. Lengthy bleeding could be normal, or it could mean that there is retained tissue. Other signs of retained tissue include abdominal cramping that comes and goes, passing clots, or a discharge with a foul odor. Don’t worry, retained tissue does not cause any harm to you or your uterus. However, it is possible that you will need a repeat procedure.
 
Q. I had an abortion over a month ago and I still haven’t gotten my period. Is this normal?
 
It is common to have irregular periods after ending a pregnancy. Sometimes regular periods don’t return for two to three months. Don’t worry, your periods will return to normal. See your doctor if your period doesn’t come in three months.
 
The only thing to be concerned about with a missed period is a repeat pregnancy. If you suspect pregnancy after abortion, it can be difficult to tell if you are pregnant. After an abortion, the pregnancy test can remain positive for over a month. One way to tell if you are pregnant again is to get a pack of two home pregnancy tests. Take one test at least one week after the day you think you conceived. Take the second test one week later and compare them. If the second test is darker than the first (more positive) it is probably a new pregnancy. If the second test is lighter than the first test, the positive pregnancy test is probably reading your hormones from the initial pregnancy.
 
Remember…we provide  good care - you deserve. ItMatters How You Feel
Early abortion can be an ordinary decision.
 
 
Most women who choose to end a pregnancy are emotional, but many don’t feel badly about their decision. They are clear that it’s a decision they need to make, and they want to take care of it as quickly as possible, before the pregnancy develops. At Early Options™, we support this perspective. We do not believe that a woman has to feel bad about herself while ending an early pregnancy.
 
Mainstreaming early abortion services makes it possible to have an ordinary medical experience while ending a pregnancy. The politics of abortion make ending an early pregnancy a major moral dilemma. For some women it is, and for some women it isn’t. Either way, women deserve the best medical care with the most advanced methods available.
Dealing with an unwanted and unexpected pregnancy can behighly emotional.
 
For some women and couples, making a decision about ending pregnancy can be one of the most difficult situations you will find yourselves in.
 
    * You discover he isn’t as supportive as you thought he would be.
    * You discover that ending a pregnancy is more sad and painful than you expected.
    * You’re angry that you need to have an abortion when it’s something you never thought you’d do.
    * You find out you really don’t want to be pregnant even though you thought you did.
    * You feel different from your partner and feel you don’t really know each other like you thought you did.
    * You don’t know how you feel and keep going back and forth, around and around.
    * You feel lonely and are afraid to tell anyone you’re close to that you need to have an abortion.
    * You had a bad prior abortion experience or have heard of bad experiences, and are frightened to have an abortion.
    * You thought you had a clear plan if you got pregnant, but now you just feel confused.
    * You have the ability and resources to have a baby, but don't really feel like you want to.
    * You realize you would really like to be pregnant, even though this is such a bad time.
    * You feel that abortion is wrong but don't want to have a baby.
 
Being pregnant can be a highly emotional time. Conflicted feelings are the norm. Hormones are changing rapidly, making difficult feelings even more emotional. Even if you feel you are making the right decision, you can feel sad, conflicted, frightened, and lonely.
 
While nobody “wants” to be in these situations, they can also be times of growth. They can be a time when you are able to become clearer about what is really important to you. You can get to know your partner in ways you didn’t know him before. You can see that you need to make some decisions in your life that you were avoiding. You may realize your life needs to head in new directions to make a wanted pregnancy possible in the future.
 
People often feel that the emotional conflicts around abortion are unique. However, important decisions are often conflicted. Sometimes we feel we made the wrong decision. Sometimes we never feel good about decisions we had to make. Sometimes we wish we had the conditions to make different decisions. However, you do have a choice about how you can relate to those decisions. You can linger and regret; you can obsess; you can learn and make new choices; you can work to create your life so that you can make different decisions in the future; you can help others in similar situations. While making the decision whether to have an abortion, it can be a time to look at how you approach making difficult decisions in your life in general.
 
The divisiveness of the abortion debate, and the way abortions are provided in isolated clinic settings has made abortion something women feel ashamed of, and therefore don’t talk about. In fact, abortion is much more “ordinary” than we tend to experience. Most women experience abortion first-hand at least once in their lives. We are in a time when women are having sex, enjoying sex, and birth control is far from perfect. Sex is a time when we get carried away. We make mistakes. Life’s situations and choices are rarely ideal.
 
Abortion services are often provided in segregated clinic settings, which can heighten feelings of isolation. Women can encounter protesters. Partners often are not included in the entire visit. Clinics may require “counseling” even though you’ve made your decision and don’t necessarily want to talk about it. Each part of your visit may involve a different person. One staff member does the counseling, another testing, and another helps during the procedure so you don’t feel connected to a particular provider. Waiting rooms and recovery rooms can lack privacy. It doesn’t need to be that way. There is no other medical service that is offered in such an impersonal way.
 
This website and the efforts of the doctors who created it are trying to change this experience for women. We are working to make early abortion available in mainstream medical settings, where you see a doctor in the privacy of a single examination room. We feel it is important for you to be able to bring a support person to be with you. We do not feel you require counseling, but make ourselves available if you want to talk. We promote individually scheduled visits so that waiting time is limited and private.
 
The public abortion debate has been volatile and divisive. The doctors who created this website think that “how” abortion is provided and “how” we talk about abortion with each other is important. We need to make early abortion available in mainstream medical environments, and we need to talk with each other in more open and honest ways. The politics of abortion would make you think that there are two camps of people – those who are for abortion, and those who are against abortion - and that you can divide a line between them. But as human beings, we are much more conflicted. We can feel one way today, and another way tomorrow, or many different ways at the same time. Let’s work together to make our difficult life choices a time to grow and develop.
 
We’ve included some patient feelings and emotions below. Sometimes hearing from women who are going through this difficult decision can make you feel like you are not alone. We’ve included some responses from our medical director that you may find helpful.
Other Feelings
 
    * Feeling Right About Your Decision
    * Feeling Conflicted
    * Feeling Differently From YourPartner
    * Feeling Sad And Depressed
    * Feeling Like You Need A Good Reason To End The Pregnancy
 
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