There are two kinds of abortion: chemical and surgical.
A chemical abortion is a common method used when a woman is less than 10 weeks pregnant. It involves the administration of two separate medications during a multi-step process. During the first phase, the woman is given Mifeprex orally. The drug blocks progesterone, the hormone necessary for an embryo to survive during pregnancy. Within 48 hours, the woman will be given a second medication called Mifepristone. It causes heavy cramping and bleeding to expel the contents of the uterus, which includes a fertilized egg or developing embryo.
There are side effects associated with a chemical abortion. They can include nausea, diarrhea, chills, fever, weakness, dizziness, and headache. Women also should expect to have a heavy period for 9 to 16 days. Some women may bleed for up to 30 days. If bleeding persists beyond this, consult your medical practitioner, who can examine you to ensure there are no complications from the procedure.
A surgical abortion is performed in women who are more than 10 weeks pregnant. During the procedure, the cervix is opened, and the uterus is suctioned out. Tools may be used to physically remove the fetus depending on the trimester of pregnancy and the baby’s level of growth. There are various levels and procedures associated with surgical abortions. They include:
Other considerations before having an abortion:
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