5 important things to know about surgical abortion

There are two main types of abortion procedures – medical abortion, or abortion pills, and surgical abortion.  It is important that you are aware of both, so whichever one your experienced medical professional suggests is right for you, you are prepared.

Here are 5 important things to know about the surgical abortion procedure:

  1. Surgical abortion is a safe procedure – when performed under the care of an MTP Certified and experienced Gynecologist at an established and reputable MTP Certified Hospital; surgical abortion is a safe procedure. A surgical abortion procedure which is performed in the first trimester is usually done with a very light sedation and is minimally invasive.
  2. There are a few risks with surgical abortion: Some of the risks may be: the pregnancy is ongoing, damage to the cervix is uncommon if you have your abortion procedure under the right care, and incomplete abortion is the most common complication, up to about 2%. It can occur when a small piece of the pregnancy or lining remains in the uterus and may result in a repeat procedure being needed. If you have your procedure with an experienced and qualified medical professional at an MTP Certified Hospital for abortion, your risks are very low.
  3. Surgical abortion has a low complication rate if performed at an MTP (Medical Termination of Pregnancy) Certified and CAC (Comprehensive Abortion Care) procedures approved hospital – if your procedure is performed by a qualified, experienced health professional at a reputable abortion hospital, the complication rate is very low and you will have good outcomes after your procedure. CAC (Comprehensive Abortion Care) involves safe abortion procedures recommended by WHO (The World Health Organization).
  4. The side-effects after a surgical abortion are minimal if performed correctly – there are very minimal side effects after a surgical abortion if it is performed at the right hospital by the best doctors. There is usually a lot less bleeding than after a medical abortion. Some of the side-effects may be some dizziness, some nausea or vomiting but only for a short period after your procedure.
  5. Surgical abortion can usually be performed later in the pregnancy than a medical abortion – a medical abortion usually needs to be performed in the first 6 to 8 weeks of your pregnancy, whereas a surgical abortion can be performed up to 14 weeks.

Either option of abortion can be effective depending on the number of weeks of pregnancy, but your experienced health professional can look at your unique situation and recommend the right procedure for you.