Essay about Abortion : A Medical Abortion Procedure

1834 Words Dec 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Abortion is where a zygote is terminated and taken from the womb. This medical procedure can be done two ways; the first way is to enter an in-clinic abortion and the second by taking a pill. The in- clinic procedure starts with the clinic staff asking the patient if she would like to have an abortion via medication or a surgical abortion. Next, they let her consider all of her options. It is recommended that the patient obtains a sonogram to determine if the pregnancy is viable (uterine, non-ectopic pregnancy) and for accurate pregnancy dating. Lastly, they will perform the abortion based on what procedure she chose. Some of the medication that they use in some clinics are Methotrexate & Misoprostol (MTX): a medical abortion procedure used up to the first seven weeks of pregnancy. This medication combination is not as commonly used in the U.S. with the availability of Mifepristone, which works more effectively for this procedure. Mifepristone and Misoprostol: a medical abortion procedure used up to the first seven to nine weeks of pregnancy. It can also be referred to as RU-486, the abortion pill, and Mifeprex. Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA): a procedure used as early as 3 -12 weeks since the last period. Considered less invasive with only a local anesthesia being used on the cervix. Aspiration is a surgical abortion procedure used to terminate pregnancy up to 16 weeks from the last menstrual cycle. It can also be referred to as suction curettage, dilation and curettage…

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