Abortion Options | Brooklyn Abortion Clinic
Abortions can be spontaneous or induced. Spontaneous abortions⇓ are also known as miscarriages and often occur before the 20th week on their own (usually within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy). The main reasons of spontaneous abortions are problems with fetal development⇓, while in some cases even health conditions of the mother play a great role. However, in many cases the reason of the spontaneous abortion is not known. Induced abortion⇓ is the intentional termination of the pregnancy, usually in unwanted pregnancies. There are two types (Abortion Options) of induced abortions provided in our abortion clinic: surgical and chemical⇓.
Surgical Abortion Procedures
- Manual Vacuum Aspiration – is performed within the first 7 weeks of pregnancy. First the cervix of the uterus is dilated. After a complete dilatation is achieved, the fetus is suctioned out with the help of a syringe.
- Dilatation and Curettage – is performed within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. After cervical dilatation, the embryo and the placenta are sucked out of the uterus with the help of a suction device, and later with the help of a curette, any possible remaining parts of the fetus or placenta are removed.
- Dilatation and Evacuation – is performed within 12-24 weeks of pregnancy. First the uterine cervix is dilated, and second the fetus is cut into pieces, to make it easier for removal.
- Dilatation and Extraction – is usually performed from the 20th week until full term. During the first two days of the procedure the uterine cervix is dilated. When a full dilatation is achieved, medications to induce labor are administrated. The baby is first delivered up to its head, while with the help of scissors an opening is created in the base of the babies skull to suction the brain with the help of an suction catheter. When the brain is suctioned out, the skull collapses. The rest of the body is delivered through the birth canal.
- Suction Curettage – is usually performed after the 14th week from the last menstrual periods. The vaginal cervix is first dilated, and then the fetus is sucked out of the uterus with the help of a suction machine.
- Hysterotomy – is usually used after the 18th The procedure is the same as the Cesarean section. The surgeon will cut through the abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby, but in comparison to Cesarean Section, the goal is to have a baby that won’t survive. Usually a wet towel is placed over the babies face to prevent it from breathing, and no medical assistance is given to the baby. Hysterotomy is usually performed when there is a medical reason for terminating the pregnancy.
- Prostaglandin – is administrated after the 15th week of pregnancy. It is well known that administration of prostaglandin will induce contractions. This procedure is not preferred, because there have been cases when due to intense contractions the uterine rupture occurred.
- Saline – is also administrated after the 15th week of pregnancy. With the help of a long needle, which is inserted into the amniotic sac, the amniotic fluid is sucked out and it is replaced by a strong saline solution. The fetus absorbs the saline solution. This procedure can take up to 6 hours for the fetus to die, and labor usually begins after 12 hours. It may take up to 24 h to deliver the fetus.
Chemical Abortion Procedures
- Morning after Pill – are used within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse. Large doses of Levonorgestrel are administrated to prevent the implantation of the embryo in the uterus. There are usually two pills. The first pill should be taken as soon as possible after the sexual intercourse, while the second pill should be taken twelve hours after the first one.
- Methotrexate and Misoprostol – these two drugs are used in combination in cases of induces abortion. Methotrexate is normally used in chemotherapy to treat cancer, while in cases of induced abortion it causes the death of placental cells. Misoprostol is usually used for ulcer treatment, while in cases of induced abortions it expulses the embryo from the uterus by causing uterine contractions.
- The abortion Pill or Mifepristone – the best time for the abortion pill is within the first 4-7 weeks of the last menstrual period. Mifepristone interferes with normal levels of Progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone, which plays a big role in pregnancy. It is well known that progesterone helps the embryo to get implanted into the uterus wall.
FAQ about Abortion Options
What is abortion?
Abortion is a procedure aimed to end a pregnancy. During pregnancy termination, the embryo or fetus and placenta are removed from the uterus. There are two types of abortion, which are surgical abortion and medical abortion (early abortion option). This procedure has to be performed by a licensed health care provider. The decision to end a pregnancy is very complicated, therefore you need to evaluate all the pros and cons before undergoing this procedure.
Which abortion option is best for me?
The best abortion option for you can be determined by your healthcare provider. Although, both surgical and non-surgical methods are considered effective and safe abortion options. Some patients prefer the convenience of the surgical way of terminating a pregnancy as the procedure is completed in one day and they can resume their normal activities. In addition to that, when it comes to surgical termination of pregnancy, it entails greater privacy.
Although, if you opt for a no-surgical option, there are no risks associated with the surgery. Medical abortion feels “more natural”, as it is similar to having a miscarriage or a heavy period. The decision to have a medical or surgical abortion depends on your individual circumstances, medical history, and personal preferences.
Can I get abortion counseling?
Many women do not see the necessity to talk after the abortion. However, for some women, it might be useful to discuss their emotions following the abortion procedure. If you feel the need to talk with us and voice your concerns, you can always arrange to have counseling at our clinic.
What is the difference between medical and surgical abortion?
Medical abortion options entail medication to terminate your pregnancy, while surgical abortion, as the name suggests, involves surgery to end a pregnancy. There are two types of surgical abortion, which are aspiration and dilation and evacuation (D&E). If you want to learn more about each type of abortion, schedule an appointment with our best-in-class specialists.
Why should I choose your abortion clinic?
Our Brooklyn Abortion Center is the only NYS approved Ambulatory surgical center dedicated to women’s health. Only board-certified and the best-in-class doctors that have dedicated their career to your health will take care of you. Each one specializes in specific surgeries they have performed countless times. Our office is bright, clean, and fresh with state-of-the-art equipment. We are the only certified ambulatory surgical facility for gynecological needs.
Spontaneous abortions (miscarriage, pregnancy loss) – the natural death of an embryo or fetus before it is able to survive independently.
Fetal development (prenatal development) – the progressive growth of the embryo and the fetus that occurs between fertilization of an egg to the birth of a baby.
Induced abortion – the date of the first day of menstruation before the advent of pregnancy.
Chemical abortion (medical abortion) – the type of abortion when medications are used to terminate a pregnancy.