Types of abortion methods
Types of abortion methods include medical abortions using abortion pills & surgical abortions.
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The type of abortion procedure that is available to you depends on how many weeks pregnant you are
Medical abortion involves talking abortions pills to end or induce termination of the pregnancy.
Surgical abortion involves a minor operation that may be done while you are awake, sedated or asleep
Medical abortion pills
Medical abortion can be done using a single pill or a series of pills with a success rate of 95% Medical abortions eliminates the risk of injury to a woman's cervix or uterus from surgical instruments.
Mifepristone (known as RU-486) is used as a single pill. There is also an option to use misoprostol and methotrexate for termination of pregnancy.
From 9-14 weeks, an abortion is performed by a dilatation and suction curettage procedure. After 14 weeks, surgical abortions are performed by a dilatation and evacuation procedure.
After 20 weeks of gestation, abortions can be performed by labor induction, prostaglandin labor induction, saline infusion, hysterotomy, or dilatation and extraction.
Most women facing an unplanned pregnancy who opt for an abortion do so early on 61% of abortions take place in the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, and 88% occur in the first trimester (before the 13th week of pregnancy.)
Only 10% of abortions occur in the second trimester (between the 13th and 20th weeks of pregnancy.)