Abortion Procedure Options
Brampton Women's Clinic
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Manual Vacuum Aspiration Abortion (less invasive technique)
This surgical pregnancy termination is performed for pregnancies 4-7 weeks.
First Trimester Surgical Pregnancy Termination / Abortion (7-12 Weeks)
If the pregnancy is 7-12 weeks after assessment of the pregnancy and the usual preparation the doctor gently opens the cervical canal by inserting and removing tapered rods of increasing diameter. Once the cervix is opened appropriately, the doctor inserts a hollow tube (cannula ) which is attached to the vacuum aspirator. This machine provides gentle suction that will remove the contents of the uterus (the pregnancy). The procedure will last about 4-8 minutes.
Second Trimester Surgical Pregnancy Termination / Abortion (12-16 Weeks)
If the pregnancy is 12-16 weeks there are two options for cervical preparation.
You may be given medication called Misoprostal to soften the cervix and makes the cervical dilation easier. If this is the case you will need to remain at the clinic for another 2 hours after which procedure will be completed.
The cervix needs to be opened by insertion of laminaria (osmotic dilators). The laminaria absorbs the moisture and expands gently the opening of the cervix. They are left overnight. You will need to return to the clinic at the scheduled time the next day. The doctor will remove the laminaria and complete the procedure. This procedure may last about 10-15 minutes.
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