When considering a surgical abortion, it’s important to have a comprehensive understanding of the procedure so you can make an informed decision. There are two types of surgical abortions, and both last approximately 30 minutes or less.
What Is a Surgical Abortion?
A surgical abortion is an invasive surgical method to end a pregnancy. There are two types of surgical abortion methods:
- Dilation and curettage (D&C): Usually performed before the second trimester of pregnancy, it uses surgical tools such as a curette (a sharp instrument or suction device) to remove a pregnancy from the uterus through the vagina.
- Dilation and evacuation (D&E): Usually performed in the second trimester of pregnancy, it typically uses a mixture of vacuum aspiration and D&C techniques and instruments to remove the pregnancy from the uterus through the vagina.
What Are the Risks Associated With a Surgical Abortion?
Women contemplating a surgical abortion should be aware of the following risks so they may discuss any concerns with a trusted medical professional before having the surgery.
- Perforation of the uterus
- Abnormal bleeding
- Damage/injury to the cervix
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