Safety Of Abortion

(Safety of abortion FAQ)

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What are the safest abortion methods?

The safest time to complete an abortion is under 10 weeks of pregnancy. There are two non-surgical abortion methods. SofTouch®, with local anesthesia, is the safest abortion method. The Abortion Pill is also considered one of the safest abortion methods. Both SofTouch® and the Abortion Pill can prevent or eliminate the health risks of surgical abortions because these methods do not use sharp instruments, general sedation, or electric suction. There is no problem with getting pregnant in the future.

Are surgical abortion procedures safe?

We do not offer surgical abortion at Early Options® because we specialize in ending early pregnancy. There are no advantages of surgical (D&C) abortions over the non surgical SofTouch® method. If you are are considering surgical abortion, there are some ways to make it safer. The safest way to complete a surgical abortion is with no uterine scraping, and no general anesthesia.

Why is SofTouch® safer than surgical abortion procedures?

SofTouch® is performed using plastic instruments and a quiet, hand-held device that delivers gentle pressure. The discomfort is tolerable with a local anesthetic. Recovery is immediate. Surgical abortion uses electric suction, and some doctors use sharp instruments to scrape the uterus. Most women choose to be put to sleep for a surgical abortion. Because of this, surgical abortion is more risky.

What can I do to make sure I’m getting the safest abortion?

With the Abortion Pill, you should wait three days after taking the second set of pills before putting anything in your vagina. With the SofTouch® method, you should wait 48 hours before putting anything in your vagina. This is different from a surgical abortion. Most abortion clinics will recommend waiting 2-6 weeks after a surgical abortion before putting anything in your vagina.

  • End the pregnancy under 10 weeks from the first day of your last period.
  • Choose the SofTouch® procedure or the Abortion Pill, if available.
  • Avoid uterine scraping or the use of a “curette”.  Scraping poses unnecessary risks in first trimester abortions. Surgical abortion can be completed without scraping. It is called a “suction curettage” procedure. In other words, the suction cannula replaces the use of a sharp curette.
  • Avoid general sedation. Local anesthesia is the safest choice. Twilight anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia.
  • Evaluate the credentials and experience of the abortion doctor.
  • Seek care immediately at the first sign of an infection