Early Abortion

Early Abortion Options

What are my Early Options?

  • There are two non-surgical early abortion options: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and the Abortion Pill. No cutting. No scraping. No operating room. No scarring.
  • You don’t need to go to a clinic!  With MVA or the Abortion Pill you can be seen in a private examination room in a private doctor’s office.  No crowded waiting rooms. No assembly line.
  • Speedy Recovery! Is your schedule too busy to take a whole day off to go to a clinic? MVA takes minutes to complete! You feel back to normal within minutes. You can get a MVA or the Abortion Pill and resume normal daily activities as soon as you leave the doctor’s office!  Minimal Cramping. Minimal Bleeding.

What’s the difference? Surgical Abortion or Non-surgical Abortion?

A termination of pregnancy is best completed between five and ten weeks of pregnancy, before a pregnancy develops. Under ten weeks, the pregnancy consists of a thickened tissue lining of the uterus (similar to the tissue that develops before menstruation) and a fluid-filled gestational sac about the size of a grape. Thus, early abortion methods are said to “bring down your period.” The Abortion Pill blocks the hormones of pregnancy from acting on the uterus, and induces your period. Manual Vacuum Aspiration provides a gentle pressure to release the menstrual lining from the wall of the uterus.

Manual Vacuum Aspiration and the Abortion Pill are the most safe, gentle, and natural early abortion methods. These early abortion methods are simple to complete and can be offered in a private medical office. They are just as effective and have fewer complications than surgical abortion. These early abortion methods are safer than surgical abortion (D&C) because they do not require scraping of the uterus, electric suction, or general anesthesia.

What is the Manual Vacuum Aspiration Procedure?

The doctor uses a quiet, handheld instrument to remove the pregnancy tissue. MVA is similar to a Pap test and is completed on a regular medical examination table. It only takes 3-5 minutes! You can resume your normal activities immediately. MVA used to be called “menstrual extraction” because it was similar to bringing down the menstrual lining of the uterus.

There are many advantages to MVA. It is safer than a surgical abortion because there is no scraping, no electric suction, and no sedation. It is simpler than the Abortion Pill because there is less cramping, less bleeding, and it is completed in one visit.

What is the Abortion Pill?

A medical abortion is completed in the privacy of your own home. You take one pill in the doctor’s office. You take another set of pills at home, 24-72 hours later. The second set of pills induces your menstrual period. There is typically several hours of cramping. Most abortion doctors will provide you with strong pain medications to help with any discomfort.  You must have a follow up with the doctor to make sure it’s completed.

A Summary of Early Abortion Methods:

Manual Vacuum Aspiration
Abortion Pill
Surgical Abortion
Non- Surgical Method
Yes
Yes
No
Recommended by the World Health Organization as safest abortion methods
Yes
Yes
No
Companion can be by your side
Yes, depending on the office’s policies.
Yes. The procedure is completed at home.
No
Completed in a private examination room
Yes
No
No
Completed at home
No
Yes
No
Minimal bleeding
Yes
No
No
Minimal cramping or pain
Yes
No
No
Return to normal activities in minutes
Yes
No
No
One Visit – No Follow up Needed
Yes
No
No
Major Complications
No
Yes
Yes

The World Health Organization endorses our non-surgical early abortion methods.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in its Technical Guidelines on Safe Abortion: Aspiration and medical abortion are preferred methods for abortion in the first trimester. Both these methods are safe, effective, and suitable for the primary level of care and should be available at levels of care with greater capacity and in many private clinical settings.

IPAS, an international organization dedicated to safe abortion care adds: Regrettably, many health facilities still use the sharp curettage or dilation and curettage (D&C) method. The WHO guidelines state that because women’s risk of complications is substantially higher with sharp curettage than with vacuum aspiration or medication abortion, this method should be used only when vacuum aspiration and medication abortion are unavailable. Ipas.org/topics/abortion_technologies.aspx.

For more information about our early abortion procedures, feel free to contact our offices.

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