What is an early abortion?
Premature termination of pregnancy refers to the termination of pregnancy during the first trimester (within the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy). Early-stage abortions require less medical and follow-up care than late-term abortions, making them more affordable than late-term abortions.
Pregnancy is in its earliest stages in the first trimester, which provides a variety of abortion options. If the pregnancy is less than 10 weeks (measured from the first day of the last menstrual period and confirmed by ultrasound in our clinic), early miscarriage can be surgical or medical. The possibility of medical termination of pregnancy, also known as medical termination of pregnancy, is a particular advantage of early termination of pregnancy. After 10 weeks, medical-only abortion is no longer possible, and abortions at this stage require surgical intervention.
Early surgical abortion terminates a pregnancy in the first trimester. Compared to medical abortion, surgical abortion can be performed in our clinic for up to 22 weeks. However, susurgical abortion performed at 12 weeks or earlier (first trimester) is cheaper and has a lower risk of complications.
Surgical abortion for the first trimester is performed in a clinic with local anesthesia and optional oral or intravenous pain medication. During this procedure, a speculum is inserted into the vagina, the cervix (opening of the uterus) is slightly dilated, and a small tube is inserted to remove the pregnancy by suction (or vacuum). The process usually only takes 5-10 minutes.
During a surgical abortion and for a short time after surgery, patients may experience severe cramping. Bleeding and spotting usually occur days or weeks after surgery.
After a surgical abortion, our health educators instruct patients on how to take care of their bodies after surgery. Doctors also prescribe antibiotics and birth control pills if needed.
Follow-up care is not required after surgical termination of pregnancy unless there are complications related to termination. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments with their regular physicians for annual Pap smears, physical/pelvic exams, and birth control supplement requests.