At the FreeAbortion Alternatives Centers, we are proud of our nearly 30 year legacy of providing the resources and information women need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies. If you or someone you know is curious about abortion procedures and would like to learn more, read on for a list of the different types of abortion methods available today.
Surgical Abortion Procedures:
Vacuum Aspiration – The contents of the uterus are emptied by either using a manual syringe or after dilating the cervix, using a hollow suction tube made of plastic and a suction machine of high power.
Dilation and Suction Curettage - In this procedure, similar to vacuum aspiration, the patient's cervix is dilated and a tube is inserted into the uterus with a vacuum type of pump attached to it, and the fetus is removed from the uterus.
Afterwards, the uterus is suctioned out again to ensure that no tissue is left behind.
Dilation and Evacuation – In this method, the cervix is dilated, typically one day before the procedure. The doctor may use an ultrasound to locate the fetus. Next, the patient is given anesthesia after which a cannula goes into the uterus to remove uterine tissues. Forceps are then used to take out any tissues left over.
Dilation and Extraction - In this procedure, the patient is dilated for two days and then the doctor will use an ultrasound to locate the fetus, and then the fetus is removed afterwards, using both forceps and manual removal.
Saline Induced Abortion – After 16 weeks of pregnancy, a patient can opt for a saline injection. A needle is inserted into the patient’s abdomen, inserting a saline solution into the amniotic fluid within the sac, which induces contractions and pushes the fetus out of the body. This method is less popular than others, due to the dangerous side effects involved.
Induction or Prostaglandin Abortion – This method is used in the second or third trimester, and is used to abort the fetus, in a manner that is similar to a saline abortion. Prostaglandin (a hormone that induces labor) is given to the patient so that she can give birth to the fetus. Doctors will usually inject Digoxin or potassium chloride directly into the fetus to terminate it before delivery. Like the saline abortion, this option is not very popular due to the higher chance of live births and painful contractions it causes.
Chemical Abortion Procedures:
Ella - Ulpristal Acetate - This selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM) is used to block the progesterone hormone, disrupting the pregnancy, altering the uterine lining and causing an abortion.
RU-486 Mifeprex, also known as the Abortion Pill - This medication also blocks the progesterone hormone, and is used in combination with Misoprostol, causing uterine bleeding, contractions and the abortion of the baby.
Methotrexate and Misoprostol – In this procedure, patients first take Methotrexate tablets either orally or by injection, and this medication will block placenta from growing, allowing it to part from the endometrial layer. Around one week later, patients are given Misoprostol, either taken orally or inserted vaginally, which causes contractions and allows the uterine tissue to pass.
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