Q. What is a Surgical Abortion?
First-Trimester Surgical Abortion: If you’re still in your first trimester, or five to 12 weeks pregnant as determined by ultrasound, surgical abortion is a short procedure that involves vacuum aspiration or suction curettage, also known as a D&C. This operation is performed without an incision, and you are placed under Monitored Anesthesia Care during the procedure.
Second-Trimester Surgical Abortion: If you’re more than 12 weeks pregnant, you’re in your second trimester. Second trimester abortions can be performed for women who are 12 to just over 16 weeks pregnant as determined by ultrasound; the latest this type of abortion can be legally performed is at 16 weeks and 3 days of gestation.
Q. How is a Second-Trimester Abortion Performed?
Q. How Effective are Surgical Abortions?
Q. Why Do Women Choose A Surgical Abortion?
Surgical abortions are also much faster than a medication abortion. Once you’re fully dilated, an in-clinic abortion usually takes about five to 10 minutes; in contrast, a medication abortion may take up to 24 hours to complete.
Before you choose which procedure to have, the medical team at Access Health Center will guide you through the process and gladly answer any questions you have along the way.