Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy and can be induced or spontaneous (miscarriage). There two types of induced abortions: medical and surgical. If you are considering an abortion, you should be well informed about all aspects of an abortion.
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Possible complications & risks of abortion
- bleeding or tearing of the cervix
- damaged or weakened cervix that could result in miscarriages or premature births in future pregnancies
- infection that could cause PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) would could lead to infertility
- scar tissue on the wall of the uterus causing miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies in the future
- punctured uterus resulting in a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- incomplete abortion
- damaged internal organs (bowel & bladder) close to the uterus
- allergic reaction to drugs
- emotional impact- guilt, anger, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, anniversary grief, flashbacks of abortion, sexual dysfunction, relationship problems, eating disorders, alcohol & drug abuse, psychological reactions
- spiritual consequences
1st Trimester: Suction abortion - The cervical muscle is stretched with dilators (metal rods) until the opening is wide enough to allow the abortion instruments to pass into the uterus. A powerful vacuum is used to pull the placenta away from the uterine wall to empty the uterus. A variation of this is called Dilation and Curettage (D&C). In this method, the doctor may use a curette, a loop-shaped knife, to scrape the fetal parts out of the uterus.
RU 486: The timing of RU 486 is critical. It must be given between 4-7 weeks after LMP (last menstrual period). The procedure usually requires 2-3 office visits. The RU 486 pills are given to the woman who returns two days later for a second medication called misoprostol. The combination of these medications causes the uterus to expel the fetus.
2nd Trimester: The cervical muscle is opened by inserting laminaria a day or two before the abortion. After the cervix is opened, the doctor performs Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) by pulling out fetal parts with forceps. The baby’s skull is crushed to ease removal.
3rd Trimester: Dilation and Extraction (D&X) The cervix is dilated and medication is given for cramping. The patient returns in three days and is given medication to begin labor. After labor begins, the doctor uses ultrasound to locate the baby’s legs, which are grabbed with forceps. The baby is delivered up to the head. Scissors are inserted into the base of the skull to create an opening. A catheter is placed into the opening to remove the skull contents. The skull collapses and the baby is removed.