In essence, abortion can be classified into two types, the surgical and medical abortion. Your final choice will depend largely in how far along you are into your pregnancy as well as the availability of these abortion services. In general, early abortion can be completed through medical abortion while late abortions are often performed through surgical procedures.
All surgical abortions are considered medical procedures and have to be carried out in a health care provider's office or clinic. On the other hand, medical procedure can be done at home provided there are instructions from a health care professional. Medical abortion is generally less expensive than surgical abortion. However, when it is done in a clinic, a surgical abortion is more affordable than one performed in a hospital.
Surgical abortion is performed in several methods. Once again, how far along a woman is into her pregnancy largely determines which method is right for her. For instance, the aspiration method or vacuum aspiration which involves inserting a tube through the cervix and into the uterus is performed on women who are up to 16 weeks after their last menstruation.
Another surgical abortion method is the D&E or Dilation and Evacuation. It is performed on women who are in their 2nd trimester. This entails using forceps and other instruments along with suction in order to empty the uterus. In some cases, especially when a woman is in her late second trimester, a shot through the abdomen may be required before the D&E is performed.
Manual Vacuum Aspiration is yet another surgical abortion procedure. This is performed on women within 7 weeks after their last period. This involves using dilators to stretch out the cervical muscle after which, other abortion instruments are passed through the uterus to suction out the fetus.
Meanwhile, for medical abortion, none of these invasive procedures are involved but rather drugs are used to halt a pregnancy. These drugs can only be availed through a health care practitioner. Several visits to the clinic may be needed to complete the process. Sometimes, medical abortion won’t be successful. When this happens, a surgical abortion is performed to complete the abortion process.
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