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What’s the procedure for an abortion?

Published 1/10/2010 | Updated 1/10/2010

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What’s the procedure for an abortion?

There are two ways to carry out an abortion, depending on how far down the line the pregnancy has gone. The method of abortion is decided on the first visit to the abortion clinic, when the doctor uses an ultrasound scan to determine the length of the pregnancy.

A medical abortion can be carried out up to the 9th week. A medical abortion means that the pregnancy is terminated using special medication that reduces the hormone keeping the pregnancy going and the womb aborts the pregnancy, just like in a miscarriage.

The second option is a surgical abortion, which involves being anaesthetised and having the pregnancy removed by suction. You have to stay in hospital for a few hours and then you can go home.


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