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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
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.
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
- Damage to the uterus
- Incomplete abortion (when the fetus is not removed completely)