How long does a surgical abortion last?

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A surgical abortion can last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours or more, depending on the gestational age and your specific situation.

What Is A Surgical Abortion?

This technique uses instruments such as a vacuum to manually remove pregnancy tissue from a woman’s uterus by applying suction. State laws regulate this type of abortion, and safety concerns require consultation. It is also essential to receive an ultrasound to understand what options are available to you and if there are any health concerns of which you should be aware.

What Are The Dangers Of A Surgical Abortion?

Surgical abortions are invasive procedures performed within a medical institution to terminate a pregnancy. An invasive surgery means a specific body part is accessed, instruments are utilized, and an operator or surgeon is required to perform the task. Due to the nature of these operations, the Cleveland Clinic warns of the following severe risks:

  • Hemorrhaging
  • Injury to the uterus or surrounding tissues/organs
  • Infection of tissues that can lead to sepsis
  • Scarring, which can cause infertility
  • Tissue left behind that may require further surgical treatment
  • Allergic reactions to medications used in the procedure

Lastly, according to an article from Relias Media published by Jeffrey T. Jensen, MD, MPH, there is a six times increase in venous thromboembolism, also known as blood clots, in women who have an induced abortion. For this reason, a consultation can prove incredibly helpful in understanding the options and risks associated with this procedure.

How Should I Prepare If I Am Considering A Surgical Abortion?

If you are considering a surgical abortion as an option, please consult a medical provider or local pregnancy center. It’s important to have specific safeguards in place to protect your health. Giving a complete health history, having an ultrasound, and receiving a consultation to understand what is right for you can be vital to your care.

Now What?

Please know here at Cleburne Pregnancy Center, you can find the support and assistance you need. Our team of nurses and other medical professionals are here to assist you with your needs. Whether you need counseling, pregnancy testing, or ultrasound, we provide these services cost-free. We want to advocate for you; visit us for more information and to receive your free appointment today.