Abortion Procedures: A Comparison
Aspiration Abortion Procedures (Manual Vacuum Aspiration)
Suction Curettage (no scraping of the uterus)
Surgical D&C Abortion Procedures (1st trimester)
Surgical D&E Abortion Procedures (2nd trimester)
•Completed in a private examination room
•Natural, gentle suction
•No scraping of the uterus
•Eat and drink normally before your procedure
•Completed in an Operating Room
•Recovery is necessary
•No eating or drinking from midnight before your procedure
Abortion Procedures for Early Pregnancy
Early Abortion Procedures are best completed in the first ten weeks of pregnancy. The Aspiration Procedure can sometimes be used up to 12 weeks with the doctor’s discretion. The safest and most gentle early abortion procedure is the Aspiration Procedure. Aspiration is also the most private abortion procedure because it can be completed in a regular doctor’s office. Surgical procedures are the most common abortion method.
In addition to the Aspiration Procedure and Surgical Abortion, the Abortion Pill can also be used to end early pregnancy.
What is the Aspiration Abortion Procedure?
The Aspiration Procedure is a quick, non-surgical procedure that can be completed in a regular medical examination room. The Aspiration Procedure uses gentle suction to naturally release the pregnancy tissue into a handheld device.
How does the Aspiration Abortion Procedure work?
- The doctor carefully inserts a speculum (like a pap smear)
- The doctor inserts a thin sterile cannula (straw) through the natural opening of the cervix.
- The doctor attaches the straw to the IPAS handheld device (see photo) and applies gentle suction.
- The pregnancy tissue is gently removed into the IPAS device.
Abortion Procedures: Which is the safest?
All early abortion procedures are extremely safe. The safest abortion procedure is the Aspiration Procedure. It is the safest because it does not utilize scraping, electric suction, or general anesthesia, so there are no major complications. The Aspiration procedure and the Abortion Pill are endorsed by the World Health Organization as the safest abortion methods.
Surgical Abortion Procedures: Are they safe?
Surgical abortion, or D&C, is the most common abortion procedure and is one of the safest medical procedures available. The safest way to complete a surgical abortion is with no uterine scraping, and no general anesthesia. Uterine scraping is unnecessary under 12 weeks of pregnancy. A surgical abortion without scraping is often called a “suction curettage” procedure. The safest anesthetics are either local anesthesia or “twilight” anesthesia. General anesthesia is unnecessary and not worth the risks involved. If you are calling a clinic and scheduling a surgical abortion you can ask if they scrape the uterus.
How is the Aspiration Abortion Procedure different from Surgical Abortion Procedures?
In a typical surgical abortion, the doctor scrapes the lining of the uterus with a sharp instrument and uses electric suction. This experience can be painful and frightening, so most women are advised to undergo general anesthesia. Recovery after general anesthesia can take hours and many women report not feeling back to normal for days. An Aspiration Abortion is performed using plastic instruments and a quiet, handheld device that delivers gentle pressure. Discomfort is usually considered minimal, so general sedation is unnecessary. Women recover within minutes after an Aspiration procedure and feel well enough to resume normal activities immediately.
Where can I find a private doctor who provides early abortion procedures?
Early Options® offers the most advanced approach to early abortion procedures. At Early Options® you will only be offered non-surgical, noninvasive methods. All medical care is conducted in a private examination room, where you are welcome to include a companion. When you arrive at the office, you will meet your board certified woman family doctor, and she will discuss which early abortion method is best for your situation.