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Abortion - which procedure?
Posted on: 10/26/2004
I want to go for abortion. I am less than 5 weeks pregnant. Which procedure should I undergo? I am afraid of surgical procedures. Also, I got clots in my leg after taking birth control pills. So I discontinued taking them. Is abortion with pills safe for me?
First, it is important to know for sure that you are pregnant. Your doctor can order a test to confirm the pregnancy. If there is any question about when you became pregnant, your doctor can help with that, too. The vast majority of abortions in this country are done in the first trimester, within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and most are done by a procedure called diltation and curettage (D&C). This is an outpatient procedure which involves inserting a small tube into the cervix (the opening of the uterus) and suctioning out the contents, and making sure the uterus is cleaned out. This can caused cramping like menstrual cramps, and bleeding after. Complications are rare when done by professionals.
Sorry, I have had no experience with the so called abortion pill, which is relatively new to the U.S. One advantage of the D&C, however, is that it is over and done with in a relatively short period of time.
Regarding your fear of procedures; knowing what to expect can help, so don't be afraid to ask questions. And definitely let the doctor know about your history of blood clots.