Procedure for Abortions

Last Updated: 8/25/2020

What are the types of in-clinic abortions?

The type of abortion method you'll use is primarily determined by your doctor, or nurse, that's helping you through this process. They will help you determine which abortion method is right for you, depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Suction abortion, also called vacuum aspiration, is the most common type of in-clinic abortion. It uses a gentle suction to empty your uterus and it is used until about 14-16 weeks after your last period.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another in-clinic abortion procedure. It uses suction and medical tools to empty your uterus. If you're beyond the 14-16 week range, you'll most likely be given this abortion procedure.

Are in-clinic abortions effective?

In-clinic abortions are the most effective abortion rate. They work 99 out of every 100 times. It's rare if you have to repeat a procedure. In some cases, the reasoning behind repeating the abortion procedure is due to other reasons not directly related to the abortion process.

When can I get an in-clinic abortion procedure done?

The time for when you can get an abortion depends on where you go to receive help. In some places, you can go as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test and in others you have to wait until 5-6 weeks after the first day of your last period.

You should review your state laws and speak with a doctor prior to making any appointment. There are some things to consider with abortion and after your 12th week of pregnancy your options start to get limited.

Factors that affect abortion procedures:

  • State Laws
  • Doctor Preference
  • Abortion Clinic Rules/Policies

Why do people choose in-clinic abortions?

The type of abortion you pick is based on your personal preference and the situation you're in (financially, health, etc.). Many who choose to have an in-clinic abortion procedure done is because they want their procedure done at a health center with doctors, nurses, and trained support staff there to help with the process.

An in-clinic abortion is much faster than the abortion pill. In-clinic abortion methods take 5-10 minutes while a medication abortion can take up to 24 hours to fully complete.

If you're unsure which method is right for you - talk to a doctor or counselor that can help decide which abortion procedure is the best for you.


What's On This Page:
  • Types of In-Clinic Abortions
  • Effectiveness of Abortions
  • When to get an Abortion?
  • Why Choose a Clinic?
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