Questions and Answers overview
Whether you are a woman in need of an abortion, a journalist or are just curious about this service, here we try to answer all possible questions you might have.
Every question has a simple answer and a more in-depth answer which refers to scientific articles. The information given here is regularly updated with the latest scientific research.
Why is this help service needed?
What is a medical abortion?
Is it difficult to do a medical abortion by yourself?
Is a medical abortion dangerous?
Is it safe to get a consultation for a medical abortion over the internet?
How is this protocol different than using only Misoprostol?
Is it legal?
How should you use the abortion pills?
Are there other ways to use the Misoprostol?
What happens if you do not use Misoprostol in time?
What if you take the Mifepristone and then decide not to take the Misoprostol?
Can you use Mifepristone and Misoprostol if you are still breastfeeding?
Is it safe to have a medical abortion if you've already had one in the past?
Can you eat or drink while you are taking the medicines?
The abortion process
When will you start bleeding and how long will it last?
What if you don’t bleed after you use the medications?
Can you see the products of the abortion (placenta, embryo, blood) and what should you do with them?
What are the side effects of the medicines?
What is a successful abortion and how do you know you've had one?
Complications of medical abortion
How do you know if you have complications and what should you do?
How do you know if you have a post-abortion infection?
How do you know if you have an incomplete abortion?
What is a curettage/vacuum aspiration and is it necessary after medical abortion?
How do you know if you have a continuing pregnancy?
What are the chances that the fetus will be malformed if you have an ongoing pregnancy?
Do you need to have an ultrasound after doing a medical abortion?
Does medical abortion increase the risk of breast cancer?
Will you be able to get pregnant and have children after a medical abortion?
When can you start to have sexual relations again after having a medical abortion?
When can you get pregnant again after having a medical abortion?
How can you prevent a future unwanted pregnancy?