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About abortion

An abortion is a procedure that ends a pregnancy. It is a very common and safe procedure when performed by a qualified health care provider.

If you are thinking about getting an abortion, you are not alone. Based on data from 2014, about 1 in 4 people in the US who can become pregnant will have an abortion by age 45. 60% of people who get an abortion already have kids.

What is an abortion

An abortion is a medical treatment that ends a pregnancy. It can also be called a termination of pregnancy.

An abortion can involve taking pills or having a common medical procedure at a health clinic. The type of abortion you have can depend on your preference, any medical conditions you have, and your pregnancy stage.

Learn more about the types of abortions available.

Pregnancy stages

A pregnancy is divided into three stages called trimesters.

  • A trimester lasts between 12 and 14 weeks.
  • The first trimester starts on the first day of your last period.

Timing is important when deciding to have an abortion.  The earlier your pregnancy stage, the more types of abortion may be available to you.

Learn more about when you can have an abortion.

Types of providers

Licensed doctors, nurses, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with proper training can provide abortion care in California.

How to get an abortion

If you choose to have an abortion, here’s a basic plan you can follow:

  1. Review your abortion legal rights and privacy rights.
  2. Figure out the first day of your last period.
  3. Learn about the types of abortion.
  4. Use the California abortion finder to search for a provider that meets your needs.
  5. Schedule the abortion and start planning, including how to pay.
  6. Have the abortion and begin your abortion aftercare. If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor about aftercare.
  7. Remember to take care of your health and wellness through your abortion journey. Reach out to your provider if you need additional care.

Abortion aftercare

Your provider will give you detailed information on what to expect and how to care for yourself after your abortion. Your abortion aftercare will depend on the type of abortion you have.

Visit Caring for yourself after an abortion from Planned Parenthood of Michigan for some information about abortion aftercare.