Abortion - Topic Overview
Abortions are rarely done after 24 weeks of pregnancy
(during the late second trimester and entire third trimester). Many states in
the U.S. have restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks.
How safe is abortion?
Abortions done by doctors
are very safe. Less than 1 out of 100 women have a serious problem from an
The safest timing for an
abortion is usually during the first trimester. This
is when a low-risk medicine or vacuum aspiration procedure can be used.
Medicine is not recommended after 9 weeks.
After 9 weeks, only
surgical abortion can be used. Problems from surgical abortion in the second
trimester may include heavy blood loss, infection, and moderate to severe pain.
Will you be able to have children in the future?
The most widely used methods for abortion do not prevent a woman from becoming
Keep in mind that you
can get pregnant in the weeks right after an abortion. This is a good time to
start using birth control that works well and fits your lifestyle.
It will probably take you 1 to 3 weeks to heal and feel better after an
abortion. You should not have sex during this time. But when you do have sex
again, be sure to use a condom for several weeks or for as long as your doctor
tells you to. This will help to prevent infection.
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