There are two main types of abortions:
Usually, your health history and the pregnancy’s gestational age and location determine which procedure is used. To protect your health and safety, you should do a few things before an abortion.
What Is A Medical Abortion?
An elective medical abortion uses drugs to terminate a viable pregnancy. The drugs used are called mifepristone and misoprostol; together, they are called the abortion pill.
Mifepristone is used first to thin uterine walls and detach the embryo. Next, misoprostol is taken and causes labor-like contractions to occur. When this happens, the body pushes the embryo and pregnancy tissue out.
What Is A Surgical Abortion?
An elective surgical abortion is an invasive procedure that uses surgical techniques to terminate a viable pregnancy.
There are two subtypes of surgical abortion:
- Dilation and curettage (D&C): Uses small instruments or a medication to dilate the cervix, then a surgical instrument called a curette, which can be a sharp instrument or suction device, is used to remove the embryo and pregnancy tissue. This procedure is usually done in the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): It usually includes a combination of vacuum aspiration, D&C, and surgical instruments. This procedure is typically performed in the second trimester of pregnancy.
What Should I Know Before Having An Abortion?
Before an abortion procedure, you should sit down with a trusted professional who can explain the risks of an abortion procedure. Some risks associated with all abortions you should discuss are:
What Should I Do Before An Abortion?
To help protect your health and wellness, you should:
- Have a complete physical exam
- Confirm your pregnancy through a quality test and receive an ultrasound
- Give an extensive health history and list any medications you may use
When you complete this checklist, you will have a better idea of what your health qualifies for and what options are available to you.
Where Can I Go?
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