If you’re facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, it’s important to know that you have options. If you do decide to have an abortion, your termination options may be determined by how far along you are. A surgical abortion can safely and effectively end a first trimester or early second trimester pregnancy without affecting your future fertility. Advantage Health Care in Wood Dale, Illinois provides comprehensive abortion services, including surgical abortion, to patients in the greater DuPage County area. To find out more, call or use the convenient online Request for an Appointment today.
Surgical Abortion Q & A
Q. What is a surgical abortion ?
Also known as an in-clinic abortion, a surgical abortion is a safe medical procedure used to end a pregnancy that’s between five and 17.5 weeks, as determined by an ultrasound.
There are two types of surgical abortions: One that’s FDA-approved for use through the first trimester, and another that’s FDA-approved for use through the early second trimester. Both types use suction to gently remove the pregnancy from your uterus.
Q. How does a first trimester surgical abortion work ?
If you’re still within your first trimester (up to 12 weeks pregnant), surgical abortion is a short procedure that involves vacuum aspiration or suction curettage, also known as a D&C. This operation is done through your cervix and doesn’t involve any type of incision. It’s also performed under twilight anesthesia for comfort.
Q. How does a second trimester surgical abortion work ?
If you’re past the 12-week mark, you’ve already reached the second trimester of pregnancy. Second trimester abortions can be performed up to 17.5 weeks of gestation, or 17 weeks and three days.
A second trimester surgical abortion is a two-step process that takes two days to complete. The first step includes gradually dilating your cervix. The next day, once your cervix is fully dilated, your doctor uses gentle suction and medical tools to remove the pregnancy from your uterus.
Second trimester surgical abortions are done using twilight anesthesia.
Q. How effective are surgical abortions ?
Whether it’s done in the first trimester or the early second trimester, surgical abortion is very effective — it’s successful at terminating pregnancy for 99% of all patients, which means that only one in 100 patients requires a repeat procedure to complete the process.
At Advantage Health Care, you can feel safe under the direct medical supervision of experienced physicians and women’s health specialists.
Q. How safe are surgical abortions ?
Surgical abortion is considered to be one of the safest surgical procedures in the United States. An uncomplicated surgical abortion, either surgical or medical, also poses virtually no risk to your future reproductive health, as demonstrated by numerous studies.
It’s extremely rare to contract a serious pelvic infection that can damage your fallopian tubes, which would increase your future risk of ectopic pregnancy or fertility problems.
If you’re worried about infection, however, you can decrease your risk by following post-surgical at-home care instructions and seeking prompt treatment if symptoms of infection occur.
Q. What if I change my mind ?
You can change your mind at almost any time — the team at Advantage Health Care wants you to be completely sure about your decision before you have an abortion. You can call the office to cancel or reschedule your appointment, or you can come in to discuss pregnancy options with a counselor.
Keep in mind, however, that it’s important to complete an abortion procedure once it has begun.