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Medical Or Surgical Abortion

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Dr. Ruby Sehra 90% (80 ratings)
MD / MS - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS
IVF Specialist, Delhi  •  32 years experience
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I am Dr Ruby Sehra, consultant Sri Balaji Action Medical Hospital and Director of Progeny IVF Centre at Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi.

Today we have just going to talk about 10 things which you should keep in your mind before undergoing any medical abortion. As everybody knows that tablets for medical abortion are available on the chemist counter, but they are really been misused, a chemist is not doctors and your pregnancy is a human pregnancy respect it and carefully abort it, under the supervision of a doctor. I would like to mention that there are certain things which you should always keep in your mind before undergoing a medical abortion, number one that never takes the tablets on your own, always consult your gynaecologist or doctor. Secondly, try it to recollect, when did you have your normal periods, when was a normal flow of the period. Sometimes the flow is scanty next two periods and you start counting and you have scanty periods, the pregnancy started when you had normal periods. That means you had last month scanty periods but normal periods but 2 months back, so the pregnancy will not be of the 4 weeks it will be 8 weeks. So, bigger pregnancies cannot be dealt with a tablet. So make sure that you remember correctly when you had normal periods. Thirdly, never hide from the doctor that you ever had pills in between suppose you had scanty pills or the pregnancy test was positive, you took the pills but you never abort it. So this should be also told to the doctor that you had the pills but you never aborted, you tried to hide it is going to create complications. Then you should never hide from your doctor that you have undergone any surgery you had any complications during pregnancy or during medical termination of pregnancy like you had severe bleeding, you had a perforation of the uterus or there was some problem during getting an abortion done. This has an impact on your abortion during this time if it was perforated the uterus is weak this time again the complication can arise, so the doctor will choose whether you have to undergo a medical abortion or you have to go a surgical abortion. So never hide that you had this complication during your delivery, during any surgery, or during last medical termination of pregnancy. As I told you, you should always consult your gynaecologist before you undergo any medical abortion so that she can properly guide you that how the tablets are to be taken and what should be timing and how many tablets are to be taken. In market only one kit is available you just you don't know what time to take whether its just food related or not and you just take the tablets and you never take antibiotics after that and you just keep on bleeding-bleeding-bleeding and once after 2 months you realise that next period has also not gone now you will go to the hospital or a doctor but then you already landed up in complication. So, always consult before taking tablets on your own consult your doctor or qualified a gynaecologist. Then seven-point is that if the doctor has prescribed you medicine you please take it as prescribed further the doctor and do not try to take haphazardly because food and other things have an impact on the medical termination of pregnancy. Remember it is a painful procedure, it should never be taken when you are alone at home you need somebodies help, if you have pain you should have somebody else also who can help you out to take to the doctor. Secondly, then once you have taken your tablet and you are completely awarded or not that has to ascertain with the help of a fresh ultrasound, that means after abortion you must get an ultrasound done, after a week or 5 days because so as to rule out that there are no retained products of conception and you don't require any further treatment. That means if she doesn't get it then if the product keeps lying you will keep bleeding, you will have septicemia and it is going to be a big problem for you. Then never hesitate the last but not the least never hesitate to get a DNC done, that is a cleaning of the uterus, if the products are remaining inside the uterus it needs to be cleaned otherwise you will not have normal periods, it will cause septicemia and it will further the periods will be regulated.

If you have any further queries about this problem or any other gynaecological problems or IVF related problem you can consult doctor Ruby Sehra.

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