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Early Abortion Methods

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Early Abortion Methods are those used to terminate pregnancy during its earliest stages, between 5 and 10 weeks from the first day of the last period. Early Abortion does not require surgery.

The women doctors who created this site recommend the following options for terminating early pregnancy:

Abortion Pill
The Abortion Pill is also known as RU486, Early Option Pill, Mifeprex®, and Mifepristone. It is used to end early pregnancy and can be taken a week after the pregnancy test is positive and up to 9 weeks since the last period.  The Abortion Pill is the most private way to end early pregnancy up to nine weeks.

The Abortion Pill is a 3 Step Process:

  1. You take one pill (Mifepristone) in the office. This pill blocks the pregnancy hormones from working. It stops the pregnancy from growing. Most women feel normal after taking this first pill.

  2. You take a second set of pills (Misoprostol) at home. You take the second set of pills at least 24 hours after taking the first pill. This will bring down your period. You can take it at a time most convenient for you. Most women have moderate cramping for minutes to hours after taking these pills. You will be given pain medicine to help with the cramps. Most women have bleeding that is heavier than a period and usually lasts for hours. This bleeding then lightens and becomes more like a period.

  3. You will have to come back to the office for a follow up visit so that the doctor can check to make sure your body has passed everything. You are likely to have some kind of spotting or irregular bleeding for days or weeks. This is normal and anticipated. Since women vary in the amount and length of bleeding, these issues are fully discussed with your doctor at the time of your visit.

The Abortion Pill vs. The Aspiration Procedure?
The Aspiration Procedure has some advantages over the Abortion Pill.  It is quick, requires only one visit, and there is less bleeding.  However, the Abortion Pill is an excellent method for women who have a difficult time with internal procedures or who prefer the privacy of their own home. 

The Abortion Pill (RU486) has been used in Europe for almost two decades. It has been available in the United States and approved by the Federal Drug Administration since 2000.

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Aspiration Procedure

The Aspiration Procedure is also known as Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Menstrual Extraction. It is the most natural way to end early pregnancy up to ten weeks. The entire procedure takes about five minutes.  It can be completed in a private medical examination room.  It requires one office visit.  There is brief cramping and bleeding usually lighter than a period.  The complete recovery time is approximately 15 minutes. You can return to your normal activities within an hour.

The Aspiration Procedure Process:
The Aspiration Procedure is a non-surgical, five-minute procedure performed by a doctor using local anesthesia in a private office. It is an excellent, and extremely safe method for ending early pregnancy. A friend, family member, or partner can be with you in the room for the entire procedure.

  1. A speculum is inserted (like a pap smear) and a local anesthetic is applied to your cervix.
    You are not put to sleep.

  2. A thin tube about the size of a pencil, is inserted through the natural opening of the cervix. Gentle pressure is applied with a handheld instrument for about 2 minutes. The pressure brings down the thick tissue lining of your uterus that forms before your period each month.  Most women experience the procedure like a long pap smear with a few minutes of strong period-like cramps at the end. The uterus is a muscle that “cramps” in response to the procedure.  As soon as the pressure ends (about 2 minutes) the uterus starts to relax.  The uterus completely relaxes and the cramps go away in about 10-15 minutes.  You can then return to your normal activities.

What Makes the Aspiration Procedure Unique:

  1. The Aspiration Procedure can be used up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
  2. The Aspiration Procedure is 100% safe for future pregnancies.
  3. The Aspiration Procedure can be completed in a regular doctor’s exam room.
  4. The Aspiration Procedure can be completed in one visit.
  5. Bleeding after an Aspiration Procedure is like a light period.
  6. You can resume your normal activities within an hour of the procedure.
  7. You can eat and drink prior to the procedure. 
  8. Complications are rare and minor.

The Aspiration Procedure vs. The Abortion Pill?
The Aspiration Procedure has some advantages over the Abortion Pill.  It is quick, requires only one visit, and there is less bleeding.  However, the Abortion Pill is an excellent method for women who have a difficult time with internal procedures or who prefer the privacy of their own home.

History of the Aspiration Procedure

The Aspiration Procedure was developed over 30 years ago and was called Menstrual Extraction.  It was used to treat “missed periods.”  If a woman missed a period, she went to the doctor and had a Menstrual Extraction to bring back her period.  Pregnancy tests were not done for cultural reasons.  It has been widely used in other countries.  In the United States it was originally used during the feminist health movement.  The procedure was so simple, women used to do the procedure on each other, in their own homes!  It was used to end heavy uncomfortable periods, as well as early pregnancies.  It has been used in mainstream medical settings in the United States over the past 10 years.  The medical term for the procedure is Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and it is used for endometrial biopsies, management of early miscarriage, and for early abortion. 

Finding a Doctor Who Does the Aspiration Procedure
There are several Early Options programs in New York City that feature the Aspiration Procedure: Early Private (earlyprivate.com) and Private Choices (privatechoices.com).  Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find a doctor who offers the Aspiration Procedure since most of these doctors don’t advertise their services.  Most abortion clinics do not offer the aspiration procedure.  The doctors trained to do abortions are typically surgeons who prefer surgical procedures.  Also, surgical abortions under general anesthesia are more efficient. See our “Find a Doctor” section. 

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Home Abortion

The doctors who created this site most highly recommend the Abortion Pill and the Aspiration Procedure as early abortion methods. Both of these options should ONLY be provided by board certified medical doctors. There are currently ads on the internet that you can get mifepristone or RU486 online. THESE ARE NOT REAL. There is no legitimate way to get RU486 or mifepristone online. Please see a board certified doctor if you are interested in taking the Abortion Pill.

Cytotec®, misoprostol, or herbal abortion are not as safe or effective as the Aspiration Procedure or RU486/abortion pill. It is much better to seek a health care provider than to attempt to end a pregnancy without assistance. There are very serious potential problems if the pregnancy is ectopic (or outside the uterus); if the pregnancy is further along; or if the abortion doesn’t work. The information below is for informational purposes only and should not be considered an endorsement.

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Herbal Abortion

Generally, herbal abortion is not very effective. Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA or the Aspiration Procedure), the Abortion Pill (RU486) or Cytotec® / Misoprostol abortions have advantages over herbal abortion. Herbal abortion can involve significant cramping and sometimes heavy bleeding. It often doesn’t work and then the pregnancy must be terminated due to potential harm done to the developing embryo.

If you choose to pursue herbal abortion, the best website is: http://www.sisterzeus.com/List.htm. It has wonderful information on many topics related to women’s health, including termination of pregnancy.

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Misoprostol is a medication marketed as Cytotec®. Cytotec® is registered for use to prevent stomach ulcers. One side effect of Cytotec®  is that it causes the uterus to contract and the cervix to open. Because of this, it is often used off-label for pregnancy termination.

First, it is important for women who get a misoprostol abortion to be in contact with a health care provider. Misoprostol should only be used if the pregnancy is less than 9 weeks, and is in the uterus (not ectopic). The success rate for a misoprostol/ Cytotec® abortion is 85-90%. If it doesn’t work, the pills will cause severe birth defects, so the pregnancy must be terminated.

For more information on a Cytotec® or misoprostol abortion, see: www.gynuity.org “Instructions for Use: Abortion Induction with Misoprostol in Pregnancies Through 9 Weeks LMP.”

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