Abortion types vary depending on your specific situation, especially how far along you are. Many women who are early in their pregnancies have a medical abortion, taking a series of two drugs often referred to as the abortion pill. Other women have a surgical abortion, also called an in-clinic abortion. Here’s what to know about the different abortion types.

What Is Medical Abortion? 

You might hear this called the abortion pill, medication abortion, at-home abortion, or even self-managed abortion. This type of abortion usually involves taking two strong drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. 

Who Is Eligible for The Abortion Pill?

According to the FDA, the abortion pill is approved up to 10 weeks. Women who are more than 70 days pregnant would need a surgical abortion instead. 

In addition, women who have an ectopic pregnancy, have an IUD, or have certain health conditions should not take the abortion pill. 

What Is Surgical Abortion?

Surgical abortion takes place at a clinic, and as you might guess, it means undergoing surgery to end a pregnancy. There are a few different types of surgical abortion methods. 

Suction Curettage Abortion 

A suction curettage abortion, also called a vacuum aspiration abortion or D&C, usually takes place in the first 12-13 weeks of pregnancy. 

A tube is inserted into your cervix (the opening of your uterus), and suction is used to remove the pregnancy tissue.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

If you are in your second trimester, you may be considering a dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion, which is typically used after 13 weeks of pregnancy. 

In this procedure, the doctor opens your cervix and then uses forceps or other surgical tools to remove your pregnancy. 

How Do I Know My Number of Weeks or What Type of Abortion I’m Eligible For?

Different types of abortion are used at different timeframes during pregnancy. 

If you’re not sure how far along you are, call us at (763) 441-7777 to schedule an appointment. We can help you calculate this and provide an ultrasound at no cost to you, which will confirm the timeframe of your pregnancy.

Are There Any Risks?

Like any serious medical procedure, an abortion involves the potential for complications. 

No matter what type of abortion you are considering, make sure you know and understand the risks.

No-Cost Services in Sherburne County, MN

Having an abortion is a major decision, and it can help to talk about your feelings and explore your questions. 

Our caring team of advocates and medical professionals is here for you as you consider the different types of abortion and your possibilities.

Contact us today for a consultation at no cost.