Surgical Termination of Pregnancy

This is the elective surgical termination of a pregnancy in a clinic, surgical center, or hospital.




This is the elective surgical termination of a pregnancy in a clinic, surgical center, or hospital.



An elective abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. There are two basic types of abortions:

  • A surgical abortion is when a healthcare provider surgically removes the pregnancy from a woman's uterus.
  • A medication abortion is when a woman takes a medication that causes her uterus to expel the pregnancy. It is also known as the “abortion pill”.

This care path includes the information and costs for a surgical abortion.

There are two primary ways to surgically remove a pregnancy from a woman's uterus.

  • A suction abortion may be used until fourteen weeks into a pregnancy. During this procedure a suction is used to remove the contents of the uterus.
  • A dilation and evacuation is generally used after fourteen weeks into a pregnancy. During this procedure suction and medical tools are used to remove the contents of the uterus. Both procedures can be performed in a clinic, surgical center, or hospital.

Having an elective abortion is a personal choice that depends on a woman's personal preferences and situation. How late a woman is in her pregnancy can determine how and where she can have an abortion.

  • Depending on how far along the pregnancy has progressed, different states have different laws on the timing of an abortion.
  • Some healthcare providers will perform an abortion as soon as a woman has a positive pregnancy test. Other healthcare providers prefer to wait.
  • After the twelfth week of a pregnancy it may be more difficult to find a healthcare provider who will perform an abortion.

Abortions done early in a pregnancy usually only take about 10 minutes. However, time should be allowed for:

  • Getting ready for, and recovering from, the procedure
  • Counseling
  • Labwork and Ultrasounds

Rh incompatibility is a condition in which the mother's blood is not compatible with a fetus's blood. If you have an abortion, and have Rh-negative blood, you will be given an injection of Rho (D) immune globulin (such as RhoGAM).

  • This injection helps prevent Rh incompatibility with future pregnancies.
  • The injection may not be necessary if it is known the fetus's father is also Rh-negative.

Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your options. If you decide to have an abortion, ask your healthcare provider the following questions.

  • What are the benefits and risks of surgical and medical of abortions?
  • Is one type of abortion a better option for me than the other? Why or why not?
  • How long will the procedure take?
  • What symptoms are normal after the procedure? When should I be concerned?
  • Do I need to return to the office for a follow-up visit?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Surgical Termination of Pregnancy
Pregnancy Termination
Abortion
Miscarriage


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