Abortion is the early ending of a pregnancy.Sometimes abortion happens on its own. This is called miscarriage or spontaneous abortion. But women can also choose to end a pregnancy by getting surgery (Surgical abortion) or taking medicine ( Medical Abortion).
At Pearl Women’s Hospital, we offer a choice of either a surgical or medical abortion to a woman after evaluating her health and other parameters.
Medical abortion is the use of medicines to end a pregnancy.Medical abortion can be done up to about 7 weeks of pregnancy.
A typical treatment schedule for a medical abortion usually requires at least two visits 48 hours apart to our center over several weeks. For the first visit, one medicine is taken during the visit and a second medicine is taken on the second visit at the hospital. Vaginal bleeding may last about 14 days. Usually about 2 weeks after the first medical visit, a follow-up examination is needed to see if you are recovering well and to make sure the procedure worked.
Medical care before and after a medical abortion includes physical exams and lab tests, education about what to expect, self-care instructions, information on when to call our doctor, and birth control planning.
A surgical abortion ends a pregnancy by surgically removing the contents of the uterus. We use different procedures for surgical abortion, depending on how many weeks of pregnancy have passed. Care before and after a surgical abortion includes a physical exam and lab tests, education about what to expect, self-care instructions, symptoms that mean you should call our doctor, and birth control planning.
Surgical method in the first trimester
Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) or machine vacuum aspiration uses suction through a small tube to empty the uterus of all tissue.