What’s the menstrual cycle?

Your menstrual cycle helps your body prepare for pregnancy every month. It also makes you have a period if you’re not pregnant. Your menstrual cycle and period are controlled by hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Here’s how it all goes down:

You have 2 ovaries, and each one holds a bunch of eggs. The eggs are super tiny — too small to see with the naked eye.

During your menstrual cycle, hormones make the eggs in your ovaries mature — when an egg is mature, that means it’s ready to be fertilized by a sperm cell. These hormones also make the lining of your uterus thick and spongy. So if your egg does get fertilized, it has a nice cushy place to land and start a pregnancy. This lining is made of tissue and blood, like almost everything else inside our bodies. It has lots of nutrients to help a pregnancy grow.

About halfway through your menstrual cycle, your hormones tell one of your ovaries to release a mature egg — this is called ovulation. Most people don’t feel it when they ovulate, but some ovulation symptoms are bloating, spotting, or a little pain in your lower belly that you may only feel on one side.

Once the egg leaves your ovary, it travels through one of your fallopian tubes toward your uterus.

If pregnancy doesn’t happen, your body doesn’t need the thick lining in your uterus. Your lining breaks down, and the blood, nutrients, and tissue flow out of your body through your vagina. Voilà, it’s your period!

If you do get pregnant, your body needs the lining — that’s why your period stops during pregnancy. Your period comes back when you’re not pregnant anymore.

When in life do periods start and stop?

At some point during puberty, blood comes out of your vagina, and that’s your first period. Most people get their first period between ages 12 and 14, but some people get them earlier or later than that. There’s no way to know exactly when you’ll get it, but you may feel some PMS symptoms (link to PMS section) a few days before it happens.

If you don’t get your period by the time you’re 16, it’s a good idea to visit a doctor or nurse. Read more about getting your first period.

Most people stop getting their period when they’re between 45 and 55 years old — this is called menopause. Menopause can take a few years, and periods usually change gradually during this time. After menopause is totally complete, you can’t get pregnant anymore. Read more about menopause.

Your period may start and stop around the time it did for other people you’re related to, like your mom or sisters.

When can I get pregnant during my menstrual cycle?

You have the highest chance of getting pregnant on the days leading up to ovulation (when your ovary releases a mature egg) — these are called fertile days.

Ovulation usually happens about 14 days before your period starts — but everyone’s body is different. You may ovulate earlier or later, depending on the length of your menstrual cycle.

Your egg lives for about 1 day after it’s released from your ovary, and sperm can live in your uterus and fallopian tubes for about 6 days after sex. So you can usually get pregnant for around 6 days of every menstrual cycle: the 5 days before you ovulate, and the day you ovulate. You can also get pregnant a day or so after ovulation, but it’s less likely.

Many people track their menstrual cycles and other fertility signs to help them figure out when they’re ovulating. This is called fertility awareness — some people use it to prevent pregnancy, and others use it to try to get pregnant. Check out our app, which makes it easy to chart your cycle and figure out your fertile days.

Some people have very regular cycles, and other people’s cycles vary from month to month. It’s really common for young people to have irregular periods. Since your period can be unpredictable, it’s hard to know for sure when you’ll ovulate (even if you’re carefully tracking your menstrual cycle). So if you don’t want to get pregnant, use birth control every time you have vaginal sex.

Do transgender guys get a period?

Not everybody who gets a period identifies as a girl or woman. Transgender men and genderqueer people who have uterusesvaginasfallopian tubes, and ovaries also get their periods.

Having a period can be a stressful experience for some trans folks because it’s a reminder that their bodies don’t match their true gender identity — this discomfort and anxiety is sometimes called gender dysphoria. Other trans people might not be too bothered by their periods. Either reaction is normal and okay.

Sometimes trans people who haven’t reached puberty yet take hormones (called puberty blockers) to prevent all of the gendered body changes that happen during puberty, including periods. And people who already get periods can use certain types of birth control (like the implant or hormonal IUD) that help lighten or stop their periods. Hormone replacement therapy, like taking testosterone, may also stop your period.

If you start taking testosterone, your period will go away. But this is reversible — if you stop taking testosterone, your period will come back. There can be some changes in your menstrual cycle before it stops for good. Periods get lighter and shorter over time, or come when you don’t expect it. You may have spotting or cramping every once in a while until you stop getting your period, and sometimes even after it seems to have stopped — this is normal. Testosterone injections make your periods go away faster than testosterone cream.

If you experience gender dysphoria when you get your period, know that you’re not alone. It may be helpful to check out our resources and find a trans-friendly doctor in your area that you can talk to.

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We believe that an abortion is a private matter, and just like any other medical condition, it is treated that way.

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We are a private abortion alternative to planned parenthood.

Specializing in early pregnancy, offer abortion counseling and review important abortion facts with you. 

Our office provides an environment that is safe and private, where our Doctors offer compassionate and expert care.

We specialize in non-surgical abortion, medical abortion, the abortion pill, aspiration abortion and natural abortions. 

Our private abortion doctors are trained with the most modern technology and safest abortion methods that most abortion centers do not offer.

Methods of non surgical abortion

All of our gynecologists have specialized training in abortion care. and safe abortions.

A pregnancy is considered to be early when it is within the first twelve weeks. 

There are two methods that are considered to be non-surgical methods of terminating an early pregnancy.

 These two methods are the Aspiration Procedure and the Abortion Pill. 

They are safe, gentle, and natural methods of terminating an early pregnancy. 

These two non-surgical early abortion methods end a pregnancy before it develops.

Safe Abortions

Safe abortion refers to the termination of a pregnancy in a way that is medically safe and minimizes the risk of complications.

It involves procedures or medications that are performed under conditions that ensure the health and well-being of the person seeking an abortion.

The safety of an abortion is influenced by factors such as the gestational age of the pregnancy, the method used, the skill of the provider, and the conditions under which the procedure takes place.

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Non Surgical Abortion

Medical abortion, also known as nonsurgical abortion, is one way to terminate an early pregnancy using medications.

 Medical abortion is provided by trained health care providers in private office settings, family planning clinics and hospitals.

A medical abortion can be performed from the time a woman suspects and confirms she is pregnant up until nine weeks from her last menstrual period.

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Abortion is a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy. In-clinic abortion procedures are safe and effective. 

In-clinic abortions are sometimes called surgical abortions, though they’re generally an in-office procedure, not surgery.

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Menstruation — aka having your period — is when blood and tissue from your uterus comes out of your vagina. It usually happens every month.

Menstruation

Know About Menstruation

Menstruation — aka having your period — is when blood and tissue from your uterus comes out of your vagina. It usually happens every month.

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The abortion pill causes cramping and bleeding that can last several hours or more. You can be at home, or wherever is comfortable for you. Plan on taking it easy for the day.

What do I need to do before I take the abortion pill?

Before you take the abortion pill, you’ll meet with your nurse, doctor, or health center staff to talk about whether abortion is the right decision for you, and what your abortion options are.

If you go to the health center in person, you may get an exam, lab tests, and an ultrasound to figure out how far into your pregnancy you are. In some states you can do a virtual visit, and if lab tests are needed you can do that at a local lab test provider.

Your nurse or doctor will let you know if there’s anything else you need to do to prepare for your abortion. They’ll give you written instructions on how to take your pills. You will have access to a caring professional through the process — you’ll get a number you can call 24/7 if you have any questions or concerns.

You’ll have a lot of bleeding and cramping after you take misoprostol, so plan ahead to make the process more comfortable. You can be at home, or wherever is comfortable for you to rest. You may also want to have someone you trust with you (or nearby) that you can call if you need anything. The abortion process takes several hours, so try to clear your schedule for the day and just focus on caring for yourself if you can.

Stock up on maxi pads, food, books, movies, or whatever you like to help pass the time, and a heating pad for cramps. Make sure you have some pain medicine like ibuprofen — but don’t take aspirin because it can make you bleed more.

What happens during a medication abortion?

The abortion pill process has several steps and usually includes 2 different medicines: mifepristone and misoprostol. You can also have an abortion using only misoprostol.

First, you take mifepristone. This pill stops the pregnancy from growing.  Most people don’t feel anything after taking the mifepristone.

The second medicine is misoprostol. You’ll either take the misoprostol right away, or up to 48 hours after you take the first pill — your doctor or nurse will let you know how and when to take it. This medicine causes cramping and bleeding that empties your uterus. The pregnancy tissue will come out through your vagina. The process is very similar to an early miscarriage.

You can take pain medicine like ibuprofen about 30 minutes before you take the misoprostol to help with cramps. Don’t take aspirin, because it can make you bleed more. You can also take anti-nausea medicine if your doctor or nurse gives it to you to help with side effects.

You can expect the cramping and bleeding to start 1-4 hours after taking the misoprostol. It’s normal to see large blood clots (up to the size of a lemon) or clumps of tissue during the abortion. But the pregnancy itself is very small — at 8 weeks, an embryo is about ¼ to ½ inch long. You may not see it when it comes out, especially if you’re less than 8 weeks pregnant.

The cramping and bleeding can last for several hours. Most people finish passing the pregnancy tissue in 4-5 hours, but it may take longer. The cramping and bleeding slows down after the pregnancy tissue comes out. You may have cramps on and off for 1 or 2 more days.

It’s normal to have some bleeding and spotting for several weeks after your abortion. You can use pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup —  whatever’s the most comfortable for you. But your nurse or doctor may recommend you use pads while the abortion is happening so you can track how much you’re bleeding.

The last step is to make sure the abortion worked. You may go back into the health center for an ultrasound or blood test. Or you’ll get a pregnancy test to take at home, followed by a phone call with your nurse or doctor if you want. These tests will make sure the abortion worked and that you’re healthy.

In the unlikely case that the abortion doesn’t work and you’re still pregnant, your doctor or nurse will discuss your options with you. You may need another dose of medicine or to have an in-clinic procedure to complete the abortion. If you have any questions or concerns during or after your abortion, Planned Parenthood can help you, even if we didn’t provide your abortion.

How does a medication abortion feel?

For most people, medication abortion feels like having an early miscarriage. You might have:

  • lots of cramping and aches in your belly

  • very heavy bleeding with large clots (If you don’t have any bleeding within 24 hours after using the second medicine, misoprostol, call your nurse or doctor.)

  • an upset stomach and vomiting (Your doctor or nurse may give you medicine to help with nausea.)

  • diarrhea

  • dizziness

  • tiredness

  • mild fever (99-100° F) or chills on the day you take misoprostol. If you have a fever after the day you take the misoprostol pills, call your doctor or health center right away — it could be a sign that you’re getting an infection.

To help ease pain and make you more comfortable, you can:

  • Take pain medication like ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Don’t take aspirin because it can make your bleeding worse.

  • Take anti-nausea medicine.

  • Put a heating pad or hot water bottle on your belly.

  • Take a shower.

  • Sit on the toilet.

  • Have someone rub your back.

The cost of abortion varies depending on many things like:

  • The type of abortion you need
  • How far along your pregnancy is
  • The state or health center where you get care
    Whether you have health insurance (private or government insurance like Medicaid) that will help pay for your abortion
  • Whether you can get other types of financial assistance to help cover the cost of your abortion

Depending on procedure you will be consulted by a Nurse and Doctor, they will give you information about the process for your specific procedure.

It is dependent on your procedure. We usually say that you will be in no more discomfort than you would normally be with your period.

We can provide you with suitable pain relief on the day should you be uncomfortable.

8 out of 10 people do not experience pain and usually Paracetamol is enough to help you feel comfortable. Heat packs also work effectively.

You may have cramping, bleeding, and spotting after your abortion. You’ll want to rest for a while, but most people are back to their usual activities the next day.

What can I expect after having an abortion?

You can have sex as soon as you feel ready. 

You can get pregnant right after your abortion, so it’s a good idea to talk with your nurse or doctor about birth control as soon as you can — they can help you find a method that’s right for you. You can start using birth control immediately after having an abortion.

Some doctors, abortion clinics, and Planned Parenthood health centers can put an IUD in your uterus right after your abortion, during the same procedure. 

This is really convenient because you’ll get super effective birth control without having to go to a separate appointment. Ask about getting an IUD at the same time as your abortion when you call to make your appointment.

It varies from person to person. You’ll probably have some bleeding and cramping after your abortion, so plan on resting in a comfortable place afterwards.

Most people are back to their regular activities within a day, but recovery after a D&E can take a little longer. You can take pain medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). 

You can also put a heating pad or hot water bottle on your belly or have someone rub your back. If you’re not feeling well after a couple of days, call your doctor or nurse.

You may have a range of emotions after having an abortion. Studies show that most people feel relief, but sometimes people feel sad or regretful. Many people feel all these things together. 

However you feel is totally normal — everybody’s experience is different. But if your mood keeps you from doing the things you usually do each day, call your doctor or nurse for help. 

You can also call Exhale or All-Options for free, confidential, and non-judgmental emotional support after an abortion — no matter how you’re feeling. For spiritual support before, during, or after an abortion.

Did you know that abortion pills can be used to end early pregnancies? Watch this video to learn more:

At Women’s and Abortion Clinic, we offer the safest and most advanced abortions methods. We aim at providing optimal care and helping our patients make a decision about which method is right for them.

We are recognized as one of the leading private practice abortion providers with over experience in abortion care. All of our gynecologists have specialized training in abortion care. and safe abortions.

A pregnancy is considered to be early when it is within the first twelve weeks. There are two methods that are considered to be non-surgical methods of terminating an early pregnancy. 

These two methods are the Aspiration Procedure and the Abortion Pill. They are safe, gentle, and natural methods of terminating an early pregnancy. These two non-surgical early abortion methods end a pregnancy before it develops.

Medication abortion is very safe. In fact, it’s safer than many other medicines like penicillin, Tylenol, and Viagra. Serious problems are rare, but like all medicines, there can be risks.

What are the possible risks of taking the abortion pill?

Medication abortion has been used safely in the South Africa for more than 20 years. Serious complications are really rare, but can happen. These include:

  • the abortion pills don’t work and the pregnancy doesn’t end

  • some of the pregnancy tissue is left in your uterus

  • blood clots in your uterus

  • bleeding too much or too long

  • infection

  • allergic reaction to one of the medicines  

These problems aren’t common. And if they do happen, they’re usually easy to take care of with medicine or other treatments.

In extremely rare cases, some complications can be very serious or even life threatening. Call your doctor or health center right away if you:

  • have no bleeding within 24 hours after you take misoprostol

  • have heavy bleeding from your vagina that soaks through more than 2 maxi pads in an hour, for 2 or more hours in a row

  • pass large clots (bigger than a lemon) for more than 2 hours

  • have belly pain or cramps that don’t get better with pain medication

  • have a fever of 100.4 or higher more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol

  • have weakness, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol

You should start to feel better the day after your abortion. Feeling sick with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, belly pain, or a fever for more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol can be a sign of infection. Call your doctor or nurse right away if you have any of those symptoms. Serious problems can cause death in the most rare cases, but abortion is typically very safe. In fact, pregnancy and childbirth is riskier than most abortions.

Do you wonder how much an abortion costs?
Or are you simply looking for help without the pressure?

It is typical for an abortion to cost anywhere out of pocket. This cost range is based upon a number of factors, including stage of pregnancy, type of abortion procedure, geographical region and choice of anesthesia.

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