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Medical Termination Specialist

Stephanie Mandelman, MD -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Westlake Women's Health Specialists

Stephanie Mandelman, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Westlake Village, CA

Obstetrics and gynecology physician Stephanie Mandelman, MD, and the team at Westlake Women’s Health Specialists in Westlake Village, California, understand that deciding to terminate a pregnancy is often very difficult. However, the compassionate team can help you determine whether a medical termination or surgical termination is right for you and guide you through the process. To learn more, call the office, or book a consultation online today.

Medical Termination Q & A

What is medical termination?

Finding out you’re pregnant when you aren’t planning to become a parent leaves you with three basic options: You can choose to have the baby, let another family adopt the baby, or terminate your pregnancy.   

Medical termination, also known as medical abortion, at Westlake Women’s Health Specialists, includes medications and/or in-office procedures that eliminate a pregnancy. Various methods can achieve this task. 

The Westlake Women’s Health Specialists team can discuss your options for termination, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine which type of termination is best suited for your circumstances.

Is medical termination right for me?

Dr. Mandelman reviews information regarding medical termination in detail before you make a final decision. As an example, you might seek a medical termination because you have a medical condition that makes pregnancy risky for your health.

Dr. Mandelman discusses your medical history, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical examination. She lets you know what to expect during the procedure and discusses the pros and cons of each treatment.

What should I expect during medical termination?

Follow Dr. Mandelman’s instructions before undergoing medical termination. The specifics of medical termination depend on the type of abortion procedure you undergo with Dr. Mandelman. Examples include:

Surgical Terminations

Dr. Mandelman offers suction dilation and curettage (D&C) to terminate a pregnancy. She uses gentle suction to remove the products of conception from your uterus. It is done under anesthesia in the hospital or at a nearby surgicenter.


Taking certain medications can induce an abortion. Dr. Mandelman gives you pills to take in-office and at home to induce pregnancy termination. The medication can make your uterus contract, expelling the products of conception. Expect cramping and heavy bleeding several hours after taking the medication. 

What happens after medical termination?

After undergoing a medical abortion, you might experience discomfort, bleeding, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and cramping - plan to take a few days off from work to rest and recover. Your periods should return several weeks or months after the procedure. 

Am I making the right choice?

Terminating a pregnancy is a life-changing decision you should not take lightly. Dr. Mandelman can discuss your options in detail, as well as the choice of adoption if you’re not ready to become a parent. 

If you’d like to discuss medical or surgical termination with a compassionate provider, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mandelman. Call Westlake Women’s Health Specialists, or you can book online today.