The main options for terminating a pregnancy are:
Medical abortion. This is a non-surgical way to end a pregnancy using medicines that block the hormones needed to sustain it.
Surgical abortion. This is an in-clinic procedure used for ending a pregnancy up until about 16 weeks of gestation (12-14 weeks from the last menstrual period).
If you choose a surgical procedure, you’ll go through an aspiration procedure (also known as vacuum aspiration). This method involves inserting a tube into your uterus and removing the pregnancy tissue with suction that may contain some blood clots and fetal parts.
An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. It is a personal choice and one which should be considered carefully. If you decide to have an abortion, it is important to know that it is legal in South Africa. It is also common for women to seek abortions for various reasons including:
Personal or family circumstances
Unwanted or unexpected pregnancy
Health problems with either mother or child
How Does a Surgical Abortion Work?
Surgical abortion is a procedure where the pregnancy is terminated by removing the fetus. The procedure is carried out by a doctor and takes place in a clinic or hospital, depending on your state laws.
What are the types of in-clinic abortions?
Normally works by using suction to take a pregnancy out of your uterus. There are a couple of kinds of in-clinic abortion procedures. Your doctor or nurse will know which type is right for you, depending on how far you are into your pregnancy.
Suction abortion (also called vacuum aspiration) is the most common type of in-clinic abortion. It uses gentle suction to empty your uterus. It’s usually used until about 14-16 weeks after your last period.
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another kind of in-clinic abortion procedure. It uses suction and medical tools to empty your uterus. You can get a D&E later in a pregnancy than aspiration abortion — usually if it has been 16 weeks or longer since your last period.
When can I get an in-clinic abortion?
How early you can get an abortion depends on where you go. In some places, you can get it as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test. Other doctors or nurses prefer to wait until 5-6 weeks after the first day of your last period.
How late you can get an abortion depends on the laws in your state and what doctor, abortion clinic, or Nico Women Clinic. It may be harder to find a health care provider who will do an abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy, so it’s best to try to have your abortion as soon as possible.
Will I Get My Period after an In-Clinic Abortion?
You may not get your period immediately after a surgical abortion. It could take up to three weeks for the lining of your uterus to begin to shed, which can cause irregular bleeding or spotting between periods. If you’re concerned about this, talk with your provider about what’s normal and what isn’t
Why do people choose an in-clinic abortion?
Which kind of abortion you choose all depends on your personal preference and situation. Some people choose in-clinic abortion because they want to have their procedure done at a health centre, with nurses, doctors, and trained support staff there the whole time. (With the abortion pill, you have the abortion at home.)
In-clinic abortions are also much faster than the abortion pill: Take about 5-10 minutes, while a medication abortion may take up to 24 hours to complete
Is the abortion painful?
The abortion procedure itself is not painful, but the process of getting there can be. Many women experience cramping and spotting (bleeding) during and after the procedure. The pain medication used during an in-clinic abortion may help with these symptoms, but it’s not always necessary or effective. If you decide to take pain medication, it’s important to understand that they don’t work for everyone and may cause side effects like nausea or dizziness.
In other words, you have a number of options when it comes to surgical abortion, and the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor or family member about which one will work best for you. You might not be comfortable with the idea of having an abortion at home, or perhaps you don’t want anyone else to know about your personal decision-making process; that’s okay! Just make sure that whatever option works for you, it is safe and does not put anyone at risk.
We are here for you and want to help you make the best decision for your life. The most important thing is that you feel informed, listened to, and comfortable with the option you choose. We care about this deeply because we understand how crucial it is for our clients.