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Abortion Types

There are different ways available to terminate a pregnancy and we will examine these abortion types in the rest of this article. All of these methods for having an abortion come with risks, but there are almost two hundred thousand terminations performed in the UK each year and the vast majority of these lead to no adverse consequences. There are a number of factors that will determine which of the abortion types will be appropriate for each person deemed to need a termination of pregnancy.

What are the different Abortion Types?



It is usual to divide abortions into two main groups; medical and surgical abortions. The decision as to which type to use will be made based on whether the termination is early or late; as well as other considerations. A medical abortion is often favoured for those who are less than nine weeks into their pregnancy. It involves taking two kinds of medicine spaced out over forty eight hours. The first medicine interferes with hormone production which prevents further development. The second medicine makes the womb inhabitable for the foetus and it is this causes a miscarriage. The medicine can cause nausea and vomiting and there may be some slight bleeding up to two weeks following the procedure.

The other abortions types fall under the surgical category. The most common of these is the suction aspiration which can be carried out up to fifteen weeks into the pregnancy. This used a machine that causes a vacuum and sucks the embryo out of the womb. There can be some bleeding and pain following this procedure; this bleeding can last up to about two weeks. Another type of surgical abortion is called dilation and evacuation and is a more involved procedure as the women needs to have a general anaesthetic. Instruments are passed into the uterus to remove the foetus. In late stage abortions there are other procedures that can involve a mix between surgical and medical.

The risks of the different abortion types



Many abortions are carried out each year in the UK without incident but there is always the risk that things could turn out badly. Surgical procedures probably carry the most risk, and those where the woman needs to be put to sleep carry the added risk of a reaction to the general anaesthetic or problems while under. The other risks associated with some abortion types include the possibility of a huge loss of blood, the development of an infection, damage to different organs during a surgical procedure, or infertility.

Some final thoughts on abortion types



It will be the job of your doctor to fully explain the type of termination that they feel is warranted in your situation. Expect them to ask quite a few questions as to your reasons for needing the termination and you will also be told of the risks involved. After the procedure has been carried out you will be given aftercare instructions and you will be told what to do if anything untoward begins to occur it is vital that you follow these instructions to the letter.


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