Natural Abortion Methods

Natural Abortion Methods

Early abortion is different, because there are more options.  It is easy to end an early pregnancy naturally, before it has a chance to develop.  Under 10 weeks, the uterus is “preparing” for the pregnancy, but the pregnancy itself is invisible.  Natural, noninvasive methods release the late menstrual tissue without causing damage or scarring to the uterus itself.  This means that you will be able to get pregnant when the time is right for you.  The World Health Organization endorses both the Manual Aspiration Procedure and the Abortion Pill as the safest early abortion methods.  These natural options are safer than surgery because there is no scraping, no machine, and no need to be put to sleep. They are also more effective and predictable than herbal abortion.

You probably have never heard of the most natural way to end early pregnancy.  The Manual Aspiration Procedure can be completed in a regular exam room, in minutes, similar to when you get your annual exam.  This quiet, gentle procedure “releases” your late menstrual period, without surgery, scraping, or a loud machine.   The tolerable cramping that comes with the procedure can be relieved with a local anesthetic and over the counter medications. No need to take the risk of being put to sleep!

Approximately 9 out of 10 women will elect to have the Manual Aspiration Procedure over the abortion pill. However, some women feel more comfortable taking the abortion pill. The abortion pill works by first blocking the pregnancy hormone and then by causing the uterus to contract and release the late menstrual tissue. This can feel very natural because it is similar to having a miscarriage and can be completed in the privacy of your own home.

Natural Abortion Methods for Early Pregnancy

Manual Vacuum Aspiration is the most natural abortion method. The Manual Aspiration Procedure used to be called Menstrual Extraction. The method was so simple, that women used to complete menstrual extraction procedures for each other in their own homes! The Manual Aspiration procedure is safe and simple. The doctor introduces a thin tube (cannula) about the size of a pencil, through the natural opening of the cervix. She then attaches a small handheld device. This device provides gentle suction that naturally releases the pregnancy lining from the uterine wall. You do not need to recover from the procedure. Within minutes you are able to resume your normal activities. There is minimal discomfort and minimal bleeding. Other medications, such as a local anesthetic, and pain medicine such as ibuprofen are optional.

The Abortion Pill is another effective natural abortion method. The Abortion Pill, mifepristone, blocks progesterone, the pregnancy hormone, from stimulating the uterus. The medication is specific to the uterus and is not known to cause other side effects. It has a short half-life, and is eliminated from the body in several days. The second medication, Cytotec® (misoprostol) is a commonly prescribed ulcer medication, and is a safe medication. The Abortion Pill is effective and predictable. Most women who are given proper directions and pain medications would recommend the Abortion Pill as a natural abortion method.

Cytotec® and Herbal abortions are less effective natural abortion methods. In many countries where abortion is illegal, Cytotec® or herbal abortions are the only option for women who need to end their pregnancies. The difficulties with these natural abortion methods are: 1) they can cause severe cramping, nausea, and heavy bleeding; 2) they have a low success rate (about 80% for Cytotec and 50% for herbal abortion).

Natural abortion methods are considered safer because they do not involve scraping of the uterus, electric suction, or general sedation.  Natural abortion methods cause a natural release of early pregnancy tissue from the wall of the uterus.  Early in the pregnancy, the late menstrual tissue starts to “get ready” for the pregnancy by forming a tissue called “decidua.”  The decidua is can be easily released by either gentle suction (aspiration) or medication (abortion pill).

Abortion Options

Manual Vacuum Aspiration
Abortion Pill (RU486)
Herbal Abortion
Cytotec® Abortion
Success Rate
Usually heavy
Usually heavy
Usually heavy
Scheduling when natural abortion will occur
Less Predictable
Unpredictable, usually need to repeat dose several times
Medical Intervention
Non-Surgical (Instruments do not interfere with uterine wall) Optional medications.
Non-Surical. Mifepristone blocks progesterone. Cytotec® is a harmless ulcer medication but can cause birth defects.
Non-Surgical. No medications. Some herbs can cause birth defects.
Non-Surgical. Cytotec® is a harmless ulcer medication but can cause birth defects.