The "abortion pill" is, in fact, two medicines.
Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)What is it?
This is a simple procedure done early in pregnancy, which uses the suction of a syringe to remove the pregnancy tissue from the uterus. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the cervix and medicines to reduce pain and anxiety may also be offered.
A thin tube is guided through the cervical opening into the uterus. The syringe is attached to the tube and used to remove the contents of the uterus. It takes less than ten minutes.
You should have a follow-up exam three weeks later to make sure it was a success.
When is the procedure done?
This procedure is done early in pregnancy in the first seven to eight weeks from the start of your last period.
What is an Aspiration Abortion?
Aspiration abortion is a procedure done in a clinic/hospital where the health care provider removes the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, this is done with aspiration (suction) and usually takes less than 10 minutes. Later in pregnancy, there may be additional steps in the procedure and it may take longer.
When is Aspiration abortion done?
Typically done in early pregnancy (first trimester), but may be done later in pregnancy
How many appointments?
Usually one appointment.
How much does it cost?
Is there pain or discomfort?
Typically, there is cramping (ranging from mild to strong) for a short time during the procedure and right afterward. Medications are available to help. Milder cramps may continue for some time afterward.
How much bleeding is there?
Typically lighter than someone’s usual period.
What are the side effects?
Some people will have dizziness or nausea/vomiting for a short time afterward. In most cases, you will need someone to drive/accompany you home.
Do I need to take time day off from school or work?