Abortion is legalized in more than 50 countries, but the laws may differ in every country. Some countries only allow an abortion if the baby or mother’s life is in a danger. Abortion should be carried out by qualified doctors with a real license. Many countries have varying periods of abortion. In this article, we want to introduce you to the main abortion options.
1. Medical abortion
This abortion option is not for everyone, as it includes taking 2 kinds of pills (Mifeprex and Cytotec), they work together to end the pregnancy. Medical abortions work only if you are under the 10th week of pregnancy. Medical abortion also should be avoided if you know that you have some health problems. The procedure will be performed in a medical center where pills will be given to you and you will take one at the center, and another one at home a few hours after the first pill or up to 4 days after the first pill. This method has a few disadvantages:
It costs from $300 to $800 and some insurance companies can cover it.
2. Vacuum aspiration
Vacuum aspiration is also not for everyone, this method can be done only if you are in the first 12 weeks or a period from 12 to 16 weeks. A lot of people choose this method because it is not painful or because a previous abortion failed. Also, you can not use this method if you have a pelvic infection or large fibroids. Vacuum aspiration can only be conducted in a doctor’s office, special clinic, or a hospital. The procedure will take up to 10 minutes, but in some clinics, you should stay for a few hours after it’s done to make sure that abortion is done. This method also has a few disadvantages:
It costs from $600 to $1000, but some insurance companies also can cover it.
3. Dilation and evacuation
This method can be done if you are pregnant for more than 14 weeks. People choose this method because they have some abnormality or problems with their health. Dilation and evacuation procedures can be conducted in a doctor’s office, special clinic, or a hospital. The procedure occurs in 2 days: on the first day the doctor will dilate your cervix, and on the second day, a doctor will use tongs to remove the embryo and also the placenta, a tube to suction out the uterus, an instrument called a curette to scrape out the uterine lining. The procedure takes around 30 minutes, and after it ends, you can go home. This method also has a few disadvantages:
- Painful procedure
This procedure costs more than $1500, but some insurance companies can cover part of the bill.
4. Late-term abortion
Late-term abortion is banned in most states, but you can have it if you did not have enough capital to have the procedure earlier, were undecisive, you are underage and afraid of your parents, you have health problems because of pregnancy, etc. This type of abortion includes 2 procedures: inductional abortion, dilation, and evacuation (D&E). It is not recommended to do, because at this point in the term a fetus is already formed. If you do late-term abortion it should not affect your ability to become pregnant in the future.
The bottom line
All in all, if you decide whether or not to continue your pregnancy, abortion is your choice. But it is really important to find a good specialist who knows what they are doing because it is possible that abortion under unqualified specialists may result in serious complications.
Published by Amelia Grant