FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) BY PATIENTS BEFORE AN ABORTION
Your questions answered by experts:
Q. I’m pregnant and I want an abortion. Is it legal?
Yes. In India, abortion is legal for up to 20 weeks based on the patient’s specific circumstances, and up to 24 weeks for special cases.
Read more on legal status of abortion in Bangalore: Is abortion legal in Bangalore: What do you need to know?
Q. Is abortion safe?
Yes. Please, relax! Abortions are safe procedures. However, to have certain kinds of emotions is also normal. That’s the way how pregnancy changes you with mood swings and hormonal fluctuations. But, do not worry. You are not alone. At Bangalore Genesis Hospital (BGH), experienced gynecologists, doctors and well-trained medical assistance staff perform all abortion procedures.
They are all safe, risk-free, complication-free, stress-free. You can resume your routine soon after the abortion. You will also get post-abortion recovery guidance.
Q. Up to when can I get an abortion?
Up to 20 weeks under normal circumstances such as contraceptive failure and up to 24 weeks for special cases.
Q. Do I need my parents’ consent or partner’s consent for abortion?
No. If you are an adult, i.e., above 18 years of age, you do not require anyone’s consent for abortion, but yourself. You are free to make any choice regarding whether or not to involve your parents or anyone in that case.
Q. Will my details be kept confidential? I do not want anyone to know about my abortion.
Yes. Absolutely, at BGH, we keep all the patient’s details private and confidential.
No employee at the hospital can ever disclose any such information as a part of our confidentiality policies.
Q. Will I have to wait for an abortion?
No. We at BGH understand how important it is to have the earliest possible abortion and delay is what we do not do. However, since the hospital takes in only limited patients each day, you may not want to miss an early abortion slot.
Being well-equipped, we are in a convenient and comfortable position to offer you abortion services on the same day of your visit if all other details and medical conditions permit. Otherwise, you can schedule an appointment for a convenient earliest date.
Q. Will abortion affect my future pregnancies?
No, a Gentle Care abortion will not affect your future pregnancies. Unsafe abortions can affect your future health and pregnancies. But, you can stay assured, at BGH, our team performs safe abortions after the required medical tests only. And hence, you can have safe and successful pregnancies in the future.
Gentle Care suction abortion is non-invasive and hence does not impact your reproductive health. You can try getting pregnant naturally whenever you are ready.
Q. I’m unmarried. Can I get an abortion?
Yes. Your marital status is not a factor. Abortion in India is legal for all women alike regardless of their marital status. At BGH, an unmarried or a married woman is given the same care and treatment during an abortion. The hospital medical staff are professionals who provide non-judgmental care and services. You can experience the freedom from prejudice and any similar thoughts. You can relax and stay stress-free. For us at BGH, patient’s health, safety and privacy are most important.
Q. Can anyone in the future know that I had an abortion in the past?
No. Unless you choose to disclose it yourself, no one can tell that you had an abortion in the past. Gentle Care suction abortion is non-invasive and there is no involvement of any incisions or stitches. Therefore, no internal marks remain post-abortion, which is why no one can tell that you have had an abortion in the past.
Q. How do I know which abortion method is best for me?
Well, it may be best for you to discuss your options with the doctor rather than a self-diagnosis. A qualified and experienced gynecologist can better ascertain what’s best for the patient and can help her walk over all the available options. BGH respects patient’s discretion at all times.
Under normal circumstances, the doctor chooses the method of abortion following the length and location of the pregnancy.
Although medical abortion with pills is the earliest abortion method, women tend to go for Gentle Care suction abortion which is an available option for up to 12 weeks. Their preference for Gentle Care suction abortion stems from the advantages that a GC procedure has over abortion pills. A Gentle Care abortion is painless, quick, single-appointment and more efficient. The patient knows that the pregnancy is over before she leaves the hospital. Whereas, with abortion pills, there may be need of more than one appointment. And heavy bleeding, abdominal cramps and pain come along. Furthermore, it carries the possibility of abortion being incomplete.
And in case your pregnancy is between 12-20 weeks, the doctor may prescribe you a Gentle Care surgical abortion. It is also painless, single-appointment and a 100% successful procedure.
However, the method can vary from woman to woman on a case-to-case basis.
So, we would recommend you to speak to our medical professional before self-diagnosing.
And in the case of ectopic pregnancy, the method may be medical or surgical depending on the patient-specific.
For a detailed description on different abortion methods, you can give a quick read at: Abortion Methods: The safe pregnancy termination procedures
Q. Is abortion painful?
No. Gentle Care abortions at BGH are absolutely painless. Gentle Care suction abortion is a quick procedure that gets completed in less than 5 minutes. Even sedation is not necessary. The procedure is absolutely painless since the cervix is numbed before applying suction.
Gentle Care surgical abortion is performed under anesthetic conditions as needed making it comfortable and painless for the patient.
Our experienced and expert gynecologist and the medical team performs all abortions safely and painlessly.
And in case of any help, you can always reach out to our medical professional who is just a call away.
Q. How long will there be vaginal bleeding after the abortion?
Vaginal bleeding duration and quantity vary in every woman. But it is expected that after an abortion procedure, the bleeding normally lasts up to a week or more with abortion pills. In case of an incomplete abortion, bleeding may persist beyond that.
However, with Gentle Care abortions, bleeding is minimal since the womb cleaning gets complete within the clinic. There are patients who report zero bleeding. And many others do not bleed for more than 15 minutes or so. But you can expect to have slight spotting to minimal bleeding for a couple of days.
Q. Do I need to stay at the hospital after an abortion? How long does it take for an abortion procedure?
No. No hospital stay is required for a Gentle Care abortion procedure.
Gentle Care suction abortion by vacuum aspiration takes about 3 -10 minutes and you can get discharged after half hour’s rest as soon as you feel comfortable.
Gentle Care surgical abortion at BGH takes not more than half an hour and you can get discharged after an hour as soon as you feel comfortable.
Q. How is BGH different from any other abortion centre or clinic?
Firstly, BGH is a recognized, government approved and certified MTP centre. The hospital is a Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) facility with highly qualified, internationally trained medical professionals, world-class abortion equipment and non-disclosure policies offering you safe and confidential abortions.
Since BGH is a boutique abortion hospital, we provide services to a limited number of patients only, which allows for personalization and exceptional medical care.
Besides medical care, we care for your complete restoration of health and provide you with full guidance until you complete post-abortion recovery.
At BGH each patient has access to Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC), safe abortion procedures in compliance with The World Health Organization (WHO) prescribed methods, facilities and standards.
Q. How much does an abortion procedure in Bangalore cost?
The fees for abortion are based on the patient’s specific requirements, the number of weeks of pregnancy, abortion procedure, patient medical history and other factors unique to the patient.
No cost exceeds your good health. Unsafe and sub-standard abortion procedures come with a high price and involve many potential risks, side effects and complications which can endanger your life.
Seeking a safe abortion at Bangalore Genesis Hospital is a cost-effective investment in your long-term health and well-being.
To read the detailed version regarding the factors of abortion, you can follow the link: Cost of Abortion in Bangalore
Q. Why are the fees for safe abortion worth the investment in my health?
Well, we understand how much you may be wanting to know about the abortion cost. It depends on several factors. The cost of an abortion varies for each patient based on her medical condition, patient-specifics, the abortion procedure and some others.
Safe and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) for a Gentle Care abortion at BGH is highly cost-effective when it comes to efficiency and effectiveness. The best investment you can ever make is the investment in the health of yourself and your loved ones.
BGH provides world-class premier facilities for safe, legal and confidential abortions. We use the latest techniques, sterile and safest equipment under completely sterile conditions in a hygienic environment.
You will be allocated a private room. And there will be no contact with other patients or hospital staff. Hence, your privacy will be completely safe. Apart from all of these, you can expect to receive premium abortion care from pre-abortion to post-abortion.
Also, being a boutique abortion hospital with personalized care, BGH provides services to a very limited number of patients each day.
The appointment schedule gets filled quickly so do not wait to reserve your appointment.
Q. What is the procedure to obtain an abortion at Bangalore Genesis Hospital?
It’s simple, easy and quick. You schedule an appointment. Next, the patient can come at her scheduled time. There is no waiting period or waiting area with other patients. Following your arrival, the doctor provides one-on-one abortion consultation in a private comfortable chamber.
Once all the essential tests like an ultrasound are complete, the abortion procedure is done in a private examination room. And the patient can recover privately in the private room allotted to her. Companion is also welcome. Gentle Care abortion procedures are single-appointment procedures with same-day discharge. Most patients feel comfortable within 15 minutes. They usually take discharge in less than an hour post-abortion.
Q. Should you bring someone along for the abortion?
It is recommended that you are accompanied by an adult. It may be better for you to have a companion by your side as your recover in your private room.
However, we understand that there may be some difficult times when you may not have someone by your side. Do not worry! For an early pregnancy, it may also be okay if you come alone, but it is recommended to have a loved one by your side for your company. And for a Gentle Care surgical abortion also, it may be better to have someone drive you back home. Just in a case, no one is available, the hospital can help you with local travel arrangements.
Q. Can I get an IUCD/Copper-T insertion along with the abortion?
Yes. Absolutely. Abortion is a birth control method when all other methods of contraception have failed. Certainly, to avoid unwanted pregnancies in future, you can get IUCD implantation after a Gentle Care abortion. The same can be made available on request on the same appointment and within the same time frame with a minimal cost addition. This can save additional discomfort, time and even cost for an additional appointment that you may need separately for IUCD insertion.
The type of IUCD shall depend on the time for how long you are looking forward to having it as a contraceptive.
Q. Is abortion confidential?
Yes. All abortion procedures at BGH are confidential and private. The patient can come at her scheduled time. There is no waiting period or waiting area with other patients. The doctor provides one-on-one abortion consultation in a private comfortable chamber.
The abortion procedure is done in a private examination room. And the patient can recover privately. Companion is also welcome. All patient details from her first call to the final discharge are kept confidential. No personal or medical details are disclosed to anyone besides the patient herself.
To maintain the privacy of each patient, the hospital takes in only a limited number of abortion appointments per day. You can also inquire about the Gentle Care abortion appointment at the earliest available slot.
Q. Can I get abortion pills without a doctor’s prescription?
No. Without a doctor’s medical tests and prescription, abortion pills carry serious risks to the patient. At BGH, Gentle Care suction abortion is available for up to 12 weeks and avail of it comfortably. It is an absolutely painless, stress-free, efficient, single-appointment procedure with same-day discharge.
Read more on the risks of abortion pills: 5 risks with Medical Termination of Pregnancy not to ignore
Q. Can I get abortion pills at your clinic?
Abortion pills are recommended to be taken only after consultation with the doctor. However, they are not completely efficient in bringing about successful abortions. Besides, there are several other factors like heavy bleeding, pain, discomfort, waiting period, etc. due to which women prefer Gentle Care suction abortion over abortion pills.
Read more on how Gentle Care suction abortion is advantageous over abortion pills: Gentle Care abortion in Bangalore vs abortion pills
Q. How soon can I recover after an abortion?
With a Gentle Care suction abortion, you can feel comfortable within 15-30 minutes. You can choose to resume your routine the same or the next day as you feel sufficiently rested. After getting physical and psychological rest, you can resume your activities soon after.
With a Gentle Care surgical abortion, it may be better for you to rest for a day to ensure rapid healing. The symptoms of pregnancy wean away soon enough. It is just that you need some time with yourself to be back to routine. At BGH, the doctor will give you complete post-abortion recovery guidance and prescription. Therefore, you can expect to heal early. Please stay assured, that BGH treats all its patients with the best abortion care starting from pre-abortion consultation and lasting through post-abortion recovery.
During your recovery phase, you can always speak to your doctor over the helpline number.