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Not all abortions require an invasive procedure. Sometimes, a pregnancy termination can be accomplished with medications, which is known as a medical abortion. The type of abortion you can have will depend on how far along in your pregnancy you are. A gynecologist at a women’s clinic can explain the type of abortion that may be right for you.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortions are sometimes called chemical abortions because they involve the use of pharmaceuticals, or medications. This type of abortion may be used during the first trimester, provided the pregnancy is less than six weeks along. The gynecologist will provide medications that prevent the pregnancy from growing further and will expel it during an event that is comparable to a miscarriage. Medical abortions have a high rate of success. They can be accomplished with a series of pills or with a single dose. If you choose a medical abortion, you can expect to pass tissue and to bleed in a manner that is similar to heavy menstruation. After this occurs, you’ll visit the gynecologist again to confirm the success of the abortion.

Suction Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

If you are too far along in your pregnancy for a medical abortion or if you prefer a surgical abortion, your gynecologist can recommend a D&C if you are no further along than 12 weeks. The gynecologist will dilate the cervix and gently suction out the contents of your uterus.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

D&E is considered to be the safest method of abortion for women in their second trimesters, or between 12 and 26 weeks of pregnancy. A D&E may require more than one office visit. First, the gynecologist will gently insert disposable laminaria sticks to dilate the cervix. They may be left in place overnight. The next morning, the gynecologist completes the evacuation of the uterine contents.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is proud to serve women throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia with safe, legal abortions, including chemical abortions and surgical abortions. Our gynecology and family planning services are very affordable and strictly confidential. If you have any questions about the services available at our women’s health clinic, call (202) 659-9403.

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