How do abortions TRULY work?

How do abortions TRULY work?

How do abortions TRULY work?


There are a couple of different ways to abort Medical abortion - Used only in the first trimester, it's a pill that you take that contains a combination of mifepristone or methotrexate (which is actually an active ingredient in arthritis medications) with a prostaglandin. Basically the pill blocks the action of progesterone which changes the lining of the uterus causing the pregnancy to detach, it then opens the cervix, 48 hours later you take a second medication which causes the uerus to contract and remove the rest of the pregnancy tissue. This can be used up to 63 days gestation. Surgical abortion Suction aspiration - Is used from 6-12 weeks of pregnancy generally, they may give you pain medication and misoprostol in preparation of the procedure. the patient lies on their back with their feet in stirrups and a speculum is inserted to open the vagina. A local anesthetic is administered to the cervix. Then a tenaculum is used to hold the cervix in place for the cervix to be dilated by cone shaped rods. When the cervix is wide enough, a cannula, which is a long plastic tube connected to a suction device, is inserted into the uterus to suction out the fetus and placenta. The procedure usually lasts 10-15 minutes, but recovery may require staying at the clinic for a few hours. Dilation & Curettage (D&C) Dilation and curettage is a surgical abortion procedure performed during the first 12 to 15 weeks gestation. Dilation and curettage is similar to suction aspiration with the introduction of a curette. A curette is a long, looped shaped knife that scrapes the lining, placenta and fetus away from the uterus. A cannula may be inserted for a final suctioning. This procedure usually lasts 10 minutes with a possible stay of 5 hours. Dilation & Evacuation (D&E) Normally performed between 15 and 21 weeks, 24 hours prior to the procedure the DR's will insert laminaria or a synthetic dilator inside the cervix. The next day, during the procedure, the abortion provider will clamp a tenaculum to the cervix to keep the uterus in place and cone-shaped rods of increasing size are used to continue the dilation process. The cannula is inserted to begin removing tissue away from the lining. Then using a curette, the lining is scraped to remove any residuals. If needed, forceps may be used to remove larger parts. The last step is usually a final suctioning to make sure the contents are completely removed. Induction Abortion Induction abortion is a procedure that uses salt water, urea, or potassium chloride to terminate the viability of the pregnancy. The abortion provider will insert prostaglandins into the vagina and pitocin will be given intravenously. Laminaria is then usually inserted into your cervix to begin dilation. This procedure is rarely used, and normally only occurs when there is a medical problem or illness in the fetus or women. A D&E is then carried out. This is used in the later stages of pregnancy and i believe this is what the anti-abortion video uses as an example of abortions. The abortions are all generally performed at a general health clinic or abortion clinic, however induction abortions and D&E's may also be performed in hospitals.


In first trimester abortions, the fetus is extremely tiny: in many cases just balls of cells that are stuck to the wall of the uterus, to the size of a pea. A plastic suction device with a scraper edge is just used to scrape and suck all the lining off the the inside of the uterus.The cervix is dilated before with various methods (but not a pill)-sometimes with a type of seaweed called laminaria, which is placed in the cervix and swells. That is called a D & C. Third trimester abortions are illegal (where there is a larger boned "baby") Second trimester abortions are also only done if there is a maternal emergency. Those are a bit more complex. Needles are used to inject a numbing medicine into the cervix for pain control as the instrument (suction) goes through the opening. Scissors are not necessary.


Medical abortion: You take the first pill to soften your uterus. The second pill is taken within 72 hours this starts the contractions. The baby is then expelled this must be done before week 8. The surgical abortion is done with a suction Machine. The Dr will give you a shot in your cervix to numb you \. Next they will dilate you depending on how far along you are. Then they will take a suction and suction out all of the stuff. You go to recovery for about 30 min and its over.


this is how abortions work: They will give you a pill to kind of help "dialate" you a little, and after about 30 minutes they stick a "vacumm" type thing up in there, and it sucks out the fetus.



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