Safe, Confidential and Legal Abortion in India
The laws governing abortion are not alike in all nations. They vary in their permissions, restrictions and liberalities.
India is a country which respects women’s reproductive rights and hence the abortion law in India has seen many regular progressive updates.
The best thing is that Indian abortion law has always been improvised to empower women and give them the right to elect whether or not to avail an abortion.
India allows abortion in India up to 20 weeks of pregnancy for all women, including Indian expats, Filipino expats and many others who wish to travel to India for abortion.
The most favourite medical destination for availing abortion in India is the capital city of Karnataka state, Bangalore.
Due to restrictive abortion laws, many Indian ex-pats and foreign women coming from countries like the UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, RAK city and others), Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan successfully avail abortion options in Bangalore India.
The difference in legal abortion status in different countries
Category-I: Sadly, there are a few countries which do not allow abortion under any circumstances, not even in events where an abortion is needed to save life or health of the woman. These countries fall in Category-I of World abortion laws where abortion is strictly prohibited.
Currently, there are 26 such counties across the globe, some of which are Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Malta and Nicaragua. Most such countries are in Asia, Africa, Latin America and a few in European microstates.
Of all the female population of the world, approximately 5% women (90 million) of reproductive age live in these countries under absolute restriction to abortion.
Do foreign and expat women have any choice? Yes, they do. Keep reading further to know your options and how to avail them.
Category-II: Next comes the Category-II which includes 39 countries where abortion is close to impossible and legally permissible only if it is necessary to save the woman’s life.
The approximate percentage of women of reproductive age residing in these countries is 22% (359 million). Some of these countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kiribati, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Yemen.
If you are one such expat, Indian or foreign woman residing in any such country where according to your current circumstances, availing a safe, legal and confidential abortion is difficult; you can travel to Bangalore India to avail the same as a part of medical tourism to Bangalore.
Many such countries are not very far from Bangalore, India. Hence, such women can conveniently travel to Bangalore via a short few hours flight according to the scheduled appointment.
Bangalore ( Bengaluru International Airport ) is a major international airport and has excellent flight connections all over the world.
Many women from countries like the UAE (Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, RAK, Fujairah), Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka have availed safe abortions in Bangalore, India.
A message for women seeking abortion in countries where it is difficult to avail a safe abortion
Though there may be certain reasons contributing to the legal status of abortion in the country where you are currently based, we understand your situation and concerns. Therefore, we want to bring it to your kind notice that you can avail a safe abortion rather than resorting to any unsafe method to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
If you are one such woman, please calm down and make yourself comfortable. You are not alone. And you do have an option other than an unsafe abortion. Before we proceed further, let us ask you a few questions.
You can write to us in the comment section below or can seek a professional’s help by calling, WhatsApp on our helpline number at +91 934 382 6182, messaging us and requesting a callback.
So, coming to the questions:
Is the pregnancy unwanted?
Is it possible to avail a safe, legal and confidential abortion in your city or country?
Are you considering an unsafe method to terminate your pregnancy?
Have you bought abortion pills or MTP kit online or by a nearby pharmacy or by any other means?
Are you considering seeking help from a quack?
Are you looking for some magic home remedy for abortion?
Are you considering a DIY (Do it yourself) termination of pregnancy?
If there still is any other question troubling you, you can write to us or just continue reading to know your options.
If the pregnancy is unwanted and you are looking for an unsafe method, you should stop right away.
Unsafe abortion can endanger your health and put your life at risk
If you want to know the consequences of such abortions, here is a briefing of the complications and side-effects of unsafe abortion:
- Incomplete abortion: It is the complication that can occur by any method of abortion. And it is most common with the medical method of abortion or abortion using abortion pills.
So, if you were to buy abortion pills without a doctor’s consultation, there are chances of abortion to remain incomplete. Moreover, if abortion pills are taken in the later stage of pregnancy, i.e. beyond 12 weeks of gestation, the probability of incomplete abortion with pills increase.
And this incomplete abortion can lead to infections, abdominal cramps, mild to moderate to severe pain and vaginal bleeding from days to weeks to months until all products of gestation are removed surgically.
Would you want to see such a situation or avoid it? Remember, it is preventable.
- Haemorrhage: This is a complication that can happen with unsafe abortions by an invasive method. Quacks are not trained and experienced professionals and hence are not certified by medical authorities.
If you visit a non-qualified person for unsafe abortion, there are chances of injury to blood vessels leading to internal bleeding, called haemorrhage which is an emergency. Quacks are not qualified to manage such emergencies. This is also something that you may not want to suffer. Remember, it is preventable by experienced hands.
- Injury: Injury can be both physical as well as mental. Unqualified professionals may not perform the abortion procedure with precision and there can be trauma to any internal organ. This can also impact your future pregnancies.
You are already undergoing stress but please do not consider an unsafe abortion because of reasons like abortion is not legal in your country for your specific case. And societal stigma is associated almost everywhere in the world from a little to extreme levels varying at different places at different times.
So, you may want a confidential and private abortion. But an unsafe abortion may not always be confidential and can severely impact your mental well-being. Remember, it is preventable by experienced hands.
- Infections: Unsafe abortions can lead to infections since proper sanitization is not taken care of. Moreover, you may not be prescribed with antibiotic therapy to be co-administered to prevent the occurrence of infections. Remember, it is preventable by experienced prescribers who take care of preventing infections.
- The risk to future pregnancies: There are many complications linked to unsafe abortions that can impact a woman’s fertility. Suppose your pregnancy is not normal and is located somewhere else other than the uterine lining, it is a case of an ectopic pregnancy.
One example is the fertilized egg being in the fallopian tube, called a tubal pregnancy. And you buy abortion pills online and have them without a doctor’s consultation. Then, abortion will not happen.
The pregnancy will continue to grow outside the uterus and can lead to burst fallopian tube which will then have to be removed surgically. This can reduce the chances of getting pregnant in the future.
Injury to internal reproductive organs can also impact your future pregnancies. If hormonal therapy and loss of essential nutrients from your body are not supplemented at right times and in right amounts, again there may be difficulty in future conceptions.
Whether you consider self-administration of abortion pills or resorting to an unsafe means of abortion, none of the methods can safeguard your reproductive health.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 23,000 women die across the globe due to complications resulting from unsafe abortions. While a huge number of women have to live with other morbidities and physical disabilities. And almost every death as a result of a complication of an abortion can be prevented.
Yes, all the complications relating to abortion are preventable if every woman decides to reach out for Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC).
Women who are living in countries with restrictive abortion laws can avail a safe abortion outside their native country by availing the facility of abortion tourism to India.
One premier medical destination for foreigners is American Hospital Bangalore which exclusively offers its Gentle Care Abortion services to every woman seeking an abortion as a part of her reproductive rights without any discrimination.
Gentle Care Abortion available in Bangalore, India
The Gentle Care Abortion procedure can be availed exclusively at American Hospital, Bangalore (AHB). For the holistic experience of a gentle procedure you can check for your available options. Gentle Care Abortion is not just the most suitable method, but the comprehensive experience before, during and after abortion until complete recovery.
The prescribed method of abortion will vary according to your gestation length, primarily and then according to the case-specific. At AHB, your individual case will be studied by the designated doctor in private room ensuring safety to your privacy.
The doctor will take notes of your complete medical history. This will help in preventing complications like contraindicated medicines with any of your existing medical conditions, avoiding medicines you may be allergic to, doing all the necessary medical and clinical findings needed for your safety.
An example is doing a transvaginal scan to ensure your pregnancy’s location. Your entire treatment will depend upon the same. It will also give your doctor the exact length of your pregnancy period. This will help your doctor prescribe you the best abortion method for your case.
The three abortion methods recommended by the WHO:
- The medical method of abortion: This refers to the medical termination of early pregnancy by using safe abortion pills. Two abortion pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol are administered to the patient in two different appointments or sometimes in a single appointment where the first pill,
Mifepristone is administered orally and sometimes vaginally to block the secretion of progesterone, the pregnancy hormone. This will stop the growth of the fetus.
The second pill Misoprostol is either administered on the second appointment or given to the patient to be taken at home after a certain period. This pill will cause uterine contractions bringing down all the gestation products naturally as menstrual flow.
The bleeding is expected to last from a few days up to a week. The efficiency of this method is 95% – 98% that largely depends on the gestation length. But it can vary from patient to patient also.
Every woman behaves differently to abortion pills. At AHB, it is an abortion method available as an option for women whose gestation length has not progressed beyond 6 weeks.
- Vacuum aspiration method of abortion: At AHB, this method is available as a part of Gentle Care abortion for women whose gestation length is less than 12 weeks.
Women who are earlier than 6 weeks pregnant can also choose this method instead of abortion pills to ensure that the pregnancy has been terminated the minute they step out of the hospital.
For foreigners, this can be the best choice as its efficiency is nearly 100% and the procedure is very gentle lasting between 3 – 10 minutes and you can expect to be discharged as soon as you feel comfortable.
Most women travelling to Bangalore for abortion either travel back the same day or the next day with confidence that the purpose of their medical tourism has been served well.
The procedure involves gently evacuating the gestation products from the uterine lining by applying gentle suction.
The vacuum can be created manually, making it Manual Vacuum aspiration (MVA). Or it can also be used by an electric-driven motor making it Electric Vacuum Aspiration (EVA) method of abortion.
Both procedures are performed by gentle hands and are painless. To make you relaxed, abortion is performed under preferred anaesthesia as per anaesthetist’s prescription, specific to your case.
- Dilatation and Evacuation (D&E): This is an invasive method of abortion but is done gently as a part of Gentle care abortion at AHB, it is painless and Gentle. It is the prescribed method for pregnancies which have progressed beyond 12 weeks and are legal India up to 20 weeks under certain circumstances.
As a part of this method, the gestation products are removed from the uterine lining gently through slender medical tools. The procedure lasts only a few minutes and you can get discharged within a few hours as soon as you feel comfortable.
Most women availing this procedure as a part of Gentle Care abortion take a day’s rest in a guest house or a hotel and visit back to their country the consecutive day with confidence.
Hotels, rest houses and guest houses are available in all budget sizes and location-based according to your preferences.
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Ectopic pregnancy removal for foreigners at AHB, Bangalore, India
In case you are diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy through a transvaginal scan which is done before every abortion, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Ectopic pregnancy can be terminated using pills (different from abortion pills) if the size of the fertilized egg is very small.
In case of larger size, the doctor may prescribe you with a small laparoscopic procedure which is also very gentle, performed under anaesthesia. This can save your fertility and protect your reproductive organs and your future pregnancies.
Safe, legal and confidential abortion at AHB, Bangalore, India
AHB is regularly rated as the best abortion hospital in India that offers safe, legal and confidential abortion following guidelines as recommended by the WHO. Gentle care abortion facility is available exclusively at AHB.
You can experience a gentle and painless abortion at this institute with world-class medical facilities, best infrastructure making you feel comfortable, relaxed and calm throughout your stay.
The best part is the Gentle Care abortion in India that you will receive from the medical staff of AHB. All the doctors and assisting nurses are highly qualified and internationally trained to make every abortion story uniquely pleasant both in terms of health as well as privacy. Besides, non-judgemental, caring, professional and amiable care of all the abortion team members can make your stay at AHB your best decision for a safe abortion.
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