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First Trimester Surgical Abortion

Also known as In-Clinic or Surgical Abortoin

5-12 weeks from last period

A first trimester surgical abortion may include Manual Aspiration and/or Suction Curettage

Manual Aspiration

A manual aspiration abortion can be done within 1-3 weeks after a missed period.  A syringe is inserted and used to remove the embryo from the lining of the uterus.

Suction Curettage

This type of abortion is also known as a D&E (dilation and evacuation) and is performed up until 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is the most common type of abortion. The woman’s cervix is dilated and the fetus is removed by a suction device that is inserted into the uterus. A curette may also be used to scrape any remaining fetal parts out of the uterus.  It is also called Vacuum Curettage.

Risks & Complications

The number of women who have complications is small, but they may include:

  • Blood clot in the uterus
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to the uterus
  • Incomplete abortion (when the fetus is not removed completely)

For more information on First Trimester Abortions and other pregnancy and sexual health concerns check out http://americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/surgical-abortions/

Our appointments are confidential.  Every year we help hundreds of women facing unplanned pregnancies, and understand the importance of privacy.

We’re here for you. Call North Care Women’s Clinic at 215-855-2424 to schedule an appointment to get your questions answered.

References: 
1.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (February 2013). Pregnancy Choices: Raising the Baby, Adoption and Abortion. Retrieved from http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq168.pdf.
2.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (March 2014). Medical Management of First-Trimester Abortion. Retrieved from http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Practice-Bulletins/Committee-on-Practice-Bulletins-Gynecology/Medical-Management-of-First-Trimester-Abortion.
3. Mayo Clinic. (July 2014). Fetal Development: The First Trimester. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-care/art-20045302
4.  Department of Health and Hospitals. (N.d) Methods and Medical Risks. Retrieved from http://dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/1036.
5.  Breborowicz, GH. (January 7, 2001) Limits of Fetal Liability and its Enhancements. US National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11753511.
6.  Templeton, Allan and Grimes, David. (December 2011) A Request for Abortion.  nejm.org. The New England Journal of Medicine. December 8, 2011. Web. January 25, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMcp1103639.
7. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (October 2011). Special Procedures: Induced Abortion. Retrieved from http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq043.pdf
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