Is it okay to drink, use cannabis, or use other drugs before an abortion?

ribbon Medically reviewed Aug 2020 by Robin Watkins, CNM, WHNP-BC

Avoid any substances that will alter your mental state, like alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs, on the day of your abortion. If you’ve used these substances, the health care provider may not be able to offer you pain medication or may not be able to perform your abortion at all. If you’re concerned about pain or you’re feeling anxious, many abortion providers offer pain medication and medication for anxiety. Talk to your provider in advance about what they can do for you.

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