South Bend Abortion Information
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Abortion Services – South Bend, IN
For women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, Family Planning Associates OB/GYN is here to help. Our office provides residents of South Bend abortion information they need to help make an informed decision about an abortion. As Family Planning Associates is a leader in women’s health services, you can be confident that you will receive finest care anywhere.
Abortion Info in South Bend
Before getting an abortion procedure done at our women’s health services clinic that serves South Bend, a staff member will discuss abortion information with you, and will review the following:
- Medical history
- Operative instructions (if needed)
- Physical exam
- Birth control information
You will be able to choose the option that best fits your needs after discussing abortion information with our doctors. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you will be able to choose a surgical abortion, or an abortion-by-pill procedure.
These decisions are not easy to make, which is why Family Planning Associates’ provides residents of South Bend abortion information and information on women’s health services to ease the decision-making process and provide the best medical advice possible.
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Safety of the Abortion Pill
Mifepristone is as safe as a surgical abortion for most women. The medication abortion is a completely noninvasive procedure and does not require sedation or a local anesthetic. However, as with surgical abortion, risk of hemorrhage does exist. In rare cases, the incomplete passage of tissue requires a surgical evacuation.
Serious infection can occur in about 1 per 1,000 women and death from infection occurs in less than 1 per 100,000 women. Therefore, if you develop a flu-like condition including sluggishness, weakness or muscle aches with or without fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol (Cytotec), it is essential that you call us immediately.
As a means of helping to prevent the already low chance of infection, we will provide you with antibiotics. Please tell us if you have any drug allergies or have had any abnormal reactions to any medications. You can help prevent infection by taking your antibiotics as directed and by avoiding tampon use, sexual activity, douching, or placing anything in the vagina for two full weeks after the abortion pill process. Please contact us immediately if you have any signs of an allergic reaction or have other abnormal reactions to your medications during the abortion pill procedure.
OB/GYN Women’s Health Services Clinic
Our women’s health services clinic serving South Bend offers affordable and high quality medical services for women. Since 1988, we’ve provided various services to women, including:
- Urine pregnancy tests
- Test for gynecological infections
- Tests for cervical cancer
- Testing for STI (sexually transmitted infections)
- Birth Control
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Schedule an appointment today to see a doctor at our women’s health services clinic that serves South Bend. At Family Planning Associates, we strive to provide the best quality medical care. We give the residents of South Bend abortion information, and provide women’s health services they need. Contact us today to see how we can help you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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The ‘abortion pill’ is a non-surgical method used to terminate a pregnancy. This method is available for women under 10.0 weeks of pregnancy.
With the ‘abortion pill’ procedure, a set of two medications are taken over the course of two days to induce a miscarriage at home. On the first day you will come into the facility, fill out paperwork, have lab work, an exam and an ultrasound, go over your paperwork with one of our staff members and then take the first medication while you are in our office. The first medication terminates the pregnancy and then 24-48 hours later, at home, you will take the second medication. The second medication softens the cervix and induces uterine contractions, which the pregnancy to pass. It is normal to feel cramping, have moderate to heavy bleeding, and to pass large blood clots during this process. A follow up visit is required 1-2 weeks later in order to confirm that the ‘abortion pill’ was successful and that you are no longer pregnant.
After taking the abortion pill, you may experience moderate to severe cramping while passing the pregnancy. In most cases ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil/Midol), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) will alleviate the cramping. If medically appropriate, we will also give you a prescription for a stronger pain reliever, such as Tylenol with codeine for additional pain relief.
The only way to know if the abortion was successful is to return for your follow-up visit 1-2 weeks later. In our experience, it is possible to have heavy bleeding and cramping and pass clots, yet still be pregnant. In very rare cases, the pregnancy can continue to grow and progress after taking the ‘abortion pill’. This is why it is so important to return within a few weeks of your procedure.
In a small percentage of cases, the medication abortion does not successfully cause a miscarriage. In these cases, the patient will require additional medications and medical treatment or a surgical abortion. Any additional care is covered by your initial payment provided that you return for evaluation and treatment in a timely manner.
You should not exercise after taking the pill until you return for you follow-up visit. The clinician will advise you at that time when you can resume physical activity.
Most often you can go back to your regular activities within a week of your procedure. Strenuous exercise can sometimes increase the amount of bleeding and cramping that you experience. If you notice an increase in your bleeding or cramping after exercising you may want to decrease your activity for a few days. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. If at any point you fully soak a maxi-pad in one hour or less you should call us right away. We have a 24-hour call service in case of emergent concerns or questions.
In some cases patients can have period like bleeding for up to 2 to 3 weeks after taking the abortion pill. Bleeding can range from very light spotting to a flow heavier than a normal period. If you ever fully soak one pad in an hour or less, or if you have any questions about what is normal after your abortion, you can always call our office. We have a 24-hour on-call service in case of emergent questions and concerns.
You should not use tampons for two weeks after taking the abortion pill. Sanitary napkins should be used to decrease the possibility of infection and help you to monitor how much bleeding you are having more closely.
The abortion pill is fairly effective, failing about 2% to 8% of the time. This means that 5 to 8 out of every 100 woman who take the abortion pill will need additional medications, medical treatment and/or a surgical procedure to complete the abortion. This is why it is so important for you to return for your follow up visit after taking the medication.
You will take the Mifeprex in our office on ‘day one’ after having an exam, ultrasound, lab work and signing consents. You can go to work, school or make other plans that day, it is very rare that you would start to bleed or pass the pregnancy after taking the first medicine alone. You should make arrangements to be at home on ‘day two’ for at least 24 hours after taking the Cytotec (the second medication). The bleeding and cramping is moderate to heavy for most women and you should not be at school or work while you are passing the pregnancy. In most cases you can return to your regular obligations and activities the following day.
By consenting to take the abortion pill at FPA, you also commit to returning to our office for your follow-up appointment. If you know that you are unable to return to see us, you should not take the abortion pill with us. In order to confirm that the abortion is complete, it is necessary for us to do an ultrasound. The abortion pill procedure is not 100% effective. If the abortion is not complete, only FPA can provide you with the additional medications or services needed to complete it. Home pregnancy tests can remain positive for over a month in some cases.