Abortion - Topic Overview
When can an abortion be done? continued...
Abortions done early in the pregnancy can be done by
your doctor or
gynecologist. Some nurse-midwives, nurse
practitioners, and physician assistants may also be trained to do some types of
abortions. Abortion services are most likely to be offered at university
hospitals and family planning clinics.
Some states in the U.S. have legal
restrictions on abortion. Talk to your closest Planned Parenthood or other
family planning clinic to learn more about restrictions in your state.
In some states, women younger than 18 will need a parent's permission. A
minor can get a court order that will allow an abortion without a parent's
Abortions are rarely done after 24 weeks of pregnancy
(during the late second trimester and entire third trimester). Many states 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.
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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