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The Most Commonly Asked Questions about Abortion

There are many questions to ask whether you are considering having an abortion or just trying to learn more about the procedure and how it is performed. Glamour has comprised a list of questions women most frequently ask about abortion. These questions are a great foundation to learning more about this much-talked-about procedure:

Does it hurt?

There are two types of termination procedures, medication abortion and surgical abortion. The medication takes about 4 to 5 hours and involves cramping and bleeding similar to that of a miscarriage. This is performed up to 63 days after gestation. It is not overly painful, but can cause nausea and fever.

The surgical option is a procedure typically performed between 5 and 20 weeks of gestation. The procedure takes ten to 30 minutes to perform and involves the use of local anesthesia. There is some pain, but it is usually not too bad and is well tolerated with the anesthetic used. Cramping, nausea and a faint feeling are common side effects.

Will having an abortion affect my fertility?

No. A safe abortion procedure will not affect your ability to get pregnant again. Many clinics provide women with birth control afterwards, because you are able to get pregnant again almost immediately.

Is abortion a dangerous procedure?

This is a very safe procedure when performed by a doctor. Contact your ob-gyn for a referral to a safe, qualified doctor.

What should I do if there are protestors?

Keep walking. Protestors are not legally allowed to touch you or bar your access from the clinic. If you are worried about protestors, contact your clinic ahead of time to see if they can provide you an escort inside.

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