A medical abortion is the most common procedure before the 9th week of pregnancy. The clinic will give you tablets to start the abortion. You may begin to bleed once you get back home. You will return to the clinic two days later. They will give you medication, usually through the vagina, that causes your uterus to contract. After several hours at the clinic, you will experience bleeding with clumps, followed by the expulsion of the foetus. You can take an analgesic if you feel any pain. Later the same day, you will be able to go home.
You might be able to take the second round of tablets at home instead of returning to the clinic. In that case, another adult must be there with you at all times.
You will typically experience bleeding that resembles menstruation, or is a little more profuse, for a few weeks following the abortion. A few weeks after the abortion, you will be able to see or talk to a gynaecologist or midwife. You will have the chance to talk about your experience of the abortion and take a pregnancy test.
The biggest advantage of a medical abortion is that it is easier on your body. You can choose the method at any time during the period that abortions are permitted. Some clinics, however, do not perform medical abortions between the 9th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. They rely entirely on surgical abortions during that time.