Abortion - Terminating a pregnancy

Abortion is a medical procedure used to terminate a pregnancy. Abortion can be a difficult and emotional choice for many, and therefore it is important to provide accessible information and support for those who need it. It is always the pregnant individual who decides on an abortion.

Jenny Jansson

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There are different methods for performing an abortion, and the choice of method often depends on the length of the pregnancy and the person's health. Here are some common methods of abortion:

Medical abortion is the most common method and can be used up to the 18th week of pregnancy. The process begins at an abortion clinic, where you are given medication to start the abortion. After taking this medication, you can go home. Sometimes, bleeding may occur after the first pill, which is normal.

A few days later, you return to the clinic, where you are given medication to make the uterus contract. This medication can be taken in different ways, either by inserting it into the vagina, swallowing it, or placing it under the tongue. The healthcare staff will inform you of how to do it. You then stay at the clinic, and after a few hours, bleeding occurs, indicating that the pregnancy has been terminated. Pain relief is provided continuously during the process. Later the same day, you can go home. Sometimes, you may also be able to take the second round of pills at home, which is called a home abortion. It is recommended to have someone present when undergoing a home abortion.

After the abortion, it is common to have bleeding for about two weeks. Initially, the bleeding may be similar to a menstrual period or slightly heavier, but it gradually decreases over time. Some individuals may bleed longer, but the important thing is that the bleeding decreases over time. You may be given a home pregnancy test, which you can use after about 3-4 weeks to confirm that the pregnancy has been terminated.

Surgical abortion can be performed up to the 12th or 13th week of pregnancy but is usually not done during early pregnancy. This is a procedure where the uterus is emptied of the fetus and placenta. Sometimes, you may first be given medication to soften the cervix. This medication can be inserted into the vagina or placed under the tongue. Afterward, you will be sedated, and the doctor will use an instrument connected to a suction device to gently suction out the fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure itself usually takes a relatively short time.

After a surgical abortion, you will usually stay at the clinic for a few hours to rest. The bleeding after a surgical abortion is usually less than after a medical abortion.

Where can you find support and counseling?

An abortion can have both physical and emotional consequences for the person undergoing it. It is important to have access to medical and emotional care before, during, and after an abortion. It is normal to experience a range of emotions after an abortion, including grief, relief, guilt, or anxiety. Having access to support and counseling can be very helpful in managing these feelings.

If you are considering an abortion or have undergone an abortion and need support and counseling, there are organizations and healthcare facilities that can assist you. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that professional help is available.

Jenny Jansson

Verified by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife


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