Surgical abortion

HOẶC XEM THEO CHỦ ĐỀ BÊN DƯỚI

What are the long term side effects of a surgical abortion?

There are risks associated with all surgical procedures; however, early abortion (less than 12 weeks) is one of the safest procedures carried out in hospitals and clinics throughout the world. There is very little risk associated with abortion, particularly in early pregnancy. Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence to suggest that a straightforward abortion has any impact on future fertility nor any other aspect of general health

Is abortion safe?

Early stage abortion is one of the safest procedures carried out in hospitals and clinics throughout the world. There is very little risk associated with abortion, particularly in early pregnancy.
There are, however, a small number of possible complications which you need to be aware of. The most common risk associated with abortion is infection after the procedure. This can be reduced by following the aftercare instructions you will be given when you attend for treatment, including not using tampons or having vaginal intercourse for about two weeks after your treatment. We routinely provide antibiotic cover and will also offer you a test for a common cause of infection, Chlamydia. If you decide to have this simple test and the result is positive, you will be prescribed appropriate antibiotics.
There is a small risk of incomplete abortion at any stage of the gestation. This is where a tiny piece of tissue has not been removed and causes prolonged bleeding and pain. If this happens it is important to seek help as quickly as possible to decrease the risk of an infection developing. Should this happen we are always available to provide follow up care.
The most serious risk is that damage may be caused to your uterus during the course of the procedure, a risk which is greater in later pregnancy. Although the risk is extremely small you need to be aware of it. Your treatment will be carried out by an experienced doctor and every effort is made to minimize risks. In early pregnancy (usually 6 weeks and under) there is a risk that the pregnancy may be missed completely because it is so small. We may recommend that 2 to 3 weeks after your treatment you have a repeat pregnancy test to ensure all is well. A pregnancy test carried out less than 2 weeks after your treatment is not reliable.
There is very little risk associated with abortion, particularly in early pregnancy. Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence to suggest that a straightforward abortion has any impact on future fertility nor any other aspect of general health.

What is a no sac procedure?

In about 1 in 100 abortions the doctor is unable to identify the pregnancy sac at the end of your procedure and is therefore unable to confirm at the time that the pregnancy has been removed.

There are several explanations why this might happen, including:
- The pregnancy was very early and too small to be seen with the naked eye but has been removed
- The pregnancy has been missed or is not able to be removed (usually because it is too small) and you are still pregnant
- You have already miscarried the pregnancy
- The pregnancy is not in the uterus (womb) but in the fallopian tube. This is called an ectopic pregnancy.

If the doctor is unable to identify the pregnancy sac tests will be carried out on the tissue that was removed from your uterus during the procedure. The tissue will be sent to the laboratory for examination under a microscope to see if the pregnancy sac can be identified. Additionally some blood samples will be taken to measure the level of pregnancy hormone in your body. You will be advised to have a second blood test taken, usually the next day, to see if the pregnancy hormone level is falling or rising. If the pregnancy hormone has fallen it is an indication that you are no longer pregnant and there will be no need for you to worry further. If the pregnancy hormone level is rising it is an indication you are still pregnant; either in the uterus or the fallopian tube. It is very important that you have the second blood test as advised, as without this result it cannot determine whether your termination has been successful. A further ultrasound examination may be needed to clarify the situation.
 

What happens following the surgical abortion?

Following the surgical abortion procedure you will spend a short time recovering in a reclining chair or bed. Unless you have any unusual pain or discomfort, you will not be examined before leaving as it is both unnecessary and uncomfortable so soon after treatment. You will receive information about aftercare which gives you advice about the symptoms you may experience following treatment, and what to do if you are at all concerned.

Can someone stay with me during my appointment?

We most definitely encourage you bring a support person with you to your appointment to help you feel more comfortable.  However, as our waiting rooms are not overly large, we ask that you limit the number of people accompanying you. It is also important to note that we are unable to accommodate young children or babies out of respect for other clients. In consideration of other clients we are unable to allow visitors into the recovery and theatre area during your stay.

How will be body feel after the surgical abortion procedure?

You may experience some period-pain like symptoms after the surgical procedure which are best treated with over-the-counter painkillers. It may feel comforting to use a heat pack or hot water bottle to help soothe any cramps.

Who will perform my abortion at a Marie Stopes International clinic?

All Marie Stopes International doctors specialize in abortion and family planning services. Your abortion will be provided by a doctor who has been fully trained and is experienced in providing this service. While every effort will be made to accommodate your needs, we cannot guarantee that a doctor of your preferred gender will be available on the day