The decision to terminate a pregnancy is never easy, despite what some may say or claim. Though abortion laws have changed throughout the United States, it’s still important to know your options.
At Eve Medical of Miami in Miami, Florida, our team provides counseling on surgical and non-surgical abortions. In this month’s blog, we want to talk about the pros and cons of each method so you can make an informed decision.
About a surgical abortion
A surgical abortion is a procedure that terminates pregnancy. It’s performed between weeks five and 14 of gestation.
The surgical abortion is a safe and quick procedure. The whole process takes eight minutes or less and carries the fewest risks. We can sedate you during a surgical abortion to minimize any discomfort. If you choose to have the procedure without sedation, however, you may experience brief discomfort that lasts for up to 10 minutes.
Though safe and effective, you can’t have anyone with you during a surgical abortion procedure. You must also arrange to have someone else drive you home. You can expect to spend a few hours at the clinic before and after termination of the pregnancy. The procedure is quick and pain is short, but you still have to spend time at the clinic under observation.
About a non-surgical abortion
A non-surgical abortion, also called a medical abortion, is done with medication that induces uterine contractions, causing a miscarriage. You can have a non-surgical abortion between weeks five and 10 of gestation.
Unlike a surgical abortion, you complete the non-surgical abortion at home, which means you spend far less time at the clinic. And, you can have someone with you during the process if you so choose.
A non-surgical abortion also gives you time to prepare yourself at your own pace. You can take the medication at a time that works best for you, not just when you’re able to get an appointment at the clinic.
A non-surgical abortion isn’t quick and you may experience severe cramping and heavy bleeding for several hours after taking the medication. You may then continue to bleed for up to three weeks. This is normal.
The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the more choices you have. If you think you’re pregnant, we can do a pregnancy test and then talk to you about your options.
Whether it’s a surgical or non-surgical abortion, you’re never alone when you have our expertise and experience on your side. Our counselors spend time talking to you about the process and help you decide which method is the right fit for your needs.
We schedule follow-up appointments after your procedure to check your physical and mental well-being. We also provide additional support as needed, including family planning and birth control.
There are pros and cons for both the surgical and non-surgical abortion, but it’s good to know you have choices. If you're pregnant (or think you may be pregnant) and need help, call Eve Medical of Miami today, or request an appointment online any time.