A surgical abortion is a procedure that terminates a pregnancy, which is typically performed up to 14-16 weeks after the pregnant woman’s last period. A doctor or advanced practice nurse usually performs the procedure in an out-patient office or clinic, or hospital.
Here What is the surgical abortion like
First, relaxation and pain medicine are given. Next, the cervix is numbed. Once numb, a thin tube is inserted into the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. The tube is attached to a special vacuum. When the suction is turned on, the pregnancy tissue is removed.
Sometimes tissue is also removed with another medical instrument called a “curette”. Afterwards, the doctor will usually prescribe an antibiotic, and tell the patient to rest. The patient will then be given instructions to call her doctor or nurse if she has any questions or concerns, heavy vaginal bleeding, pain or tenderness in the abdomen, vaginal discharge that has an odor or looks like pus, or a temperature of 101° or more or just not feeling well.
Is it safe to have a surgical abortion
An abortion performed by a medical doctor or clinical nurse specialist today is typically a safe and routine procedure. Before abortion became legalized in the US, there was no regulation or standard-of-care. Illegal abortions were expensive, painful and there was a high risk of infection because of unclean conditions and lack of follow-up care. Now abortions are performed in safe, clean offices with a staff of medical professionals who also provide counseling and after-care.
Although complications with a routine abortion are rare, it’s important to be aware of the possible risks involved:
- Too much bleeding
- Infection of uterus (womb) and/or fallopian tubes
- Damage to womb and/or cervix
Sometimes young women are concerned about going to a clinic or office due to reports of picketers or threats of violence by people who don’t believe in abortion. Most clinics have a strong security presence and patients coming to the clinic can ask for an escort if necessary.
The decision to end a pregnancy can be complicated; therefore it is best to talk with someone with whom you trust. You should understand ALL of your options and know the risks and benefits involved before making a decision.