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How do a medical abortion & surgical abortion differ?

How do a medical abortion & surgical abortion differ?

Different risks: Medical abortion uses medications to end pregnancy and causes the uterus to shed its lining. Surgical abortion is done by suction to clear the uterus. A detailed list comparing the two can be found at this link: http://www.Ucsfhealth.Org/education/medical_versus_surgical_abortion/. ...Read more

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Abortion (Definition)

In medical circles, the term abortion applies to any loss of a pregnancy before 25 weeks, such as spotaneous abortion (ie miscarrage). In non-medical circles, it refers to the termination of ...Read more


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What is the difference between having a medical abortion & surgical abortion?

What is the difference between having a medical abortion & surgical abortion?

Procedure type: Medical abortion involves use of medication to make uterus contract and empty the content, surgical abortion uses surgical instruments to do it. The medical abortion has a 7 times higher risk of bleeding complications than the surgical one. ...Read more

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What to if I am wondering what are the differences between a medical abortion & surgical abortion?

What to if I am wondering what are the differences between a medical abortion & surgical abortion?

Medical/surgical: Medical implies the taking of a medication, orally or intravenous or both. Surgical is the same with the addition of a procedure. If a medical therapy is available and effective, it is nearly always a better choice. Surgery when other therapies are not enough. Be well. ...Read more

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What are the side effect of medical and surgical abortion. Thanks ?

What are the side effect of medical and surgical abortion. Thanks ?

Too general: This cannot be answered in just 400 words. Try to narrow down your question and be more specific. A ...Read more

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2nd period after medical and surgical abortion . Had period on day of expected for 3 days , and 4 days after period, another started?

See Abortion MD: You need to revisit the abortion MD to make sure that the procedure(s) completely removed all of the gestational material. the bleeding pattern you describe is not characteristic of post abortion procedures. ...Read more

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Can we do medical/surgical abortion at 8th/9th week if we have ovarian cyst? Will there be any side effect? Will the cyst be gone with the abortion?

Can we do medical/surgical abortion at 8th/9th week if we have ovarian cyst? Will there be any side effect? Will the cyst be gone with the abortion?

Cyst doesn't matter: The cyst will not affect the ability to perform your abortion. However the abortion will not cause your cyst to go away. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a medical abortion vs a surgical abortion?

What are the benefits of a medical abortion vs a surgical abortion?

Avoids a procedure: Medical abortion may be chosen by a woman who would prefer not to have a surgical procedure, although a small percentage of medical abortion patients may still need a surgery (d&c). ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a medical abortion after five surgical abortion in the past?

Is it safe to have a medical abortion after five surgical abortion in the past?

As safe as it can be: There is no apparent contraindication for medical abortion after surgical abortion in te past. Just keep in mind that it is a bit prolonged procedure and emotionally draining to make sure the process is complete. The good side is that it is done in the privacy of your home and hopefully, in the company of your loved ones. Good luck! ...Read more

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How is a medical abortion different from a surgical abortion?

Pills vs. D&C.: Medical termination of pregnancy utilizes pills to induce uterine evacuation over time with contractions. Surgical abortion is a D&C procedure where the physician dilates the cervix and clears the uterus of all products of conception during a half-hour long surgery. ...Read more

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Surgical abortion is safe?

When done properly: Yes it is but any type of procedure can have complications. ...Read more

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Is abortion pill worse or surgical abortion?

Surgery: Surgery has a lot of risks, no matter what the procedure or the reason. Although pills also carry their risks as well, many would argue that surgery carries more risks and possible known complications with it than pills. Hope that generally answers your question. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight after a surgical abortion?

Will I gain weight after a surgical abortion?

Only if...: Only if a woman eats and drinks more calories than she uses up each day, will she gain weight. If she uses up more calories than she takes in each day, she will lose weight. This is true, regardless of whether or not she has an abortion. ...Read more

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Could getting a surgical abortion hurt a lot?

Could getting a surgical abortion hurt a lot?

Depends: Everyone has a different pain tolerance. Earlier abortion (first trimester) is less painful than later abortion. If you have had vaginal deliveries it probably will hurt less. If you use narcotics or other drugs, it will probably hurt more. Talk to your doc. Anesthesia is probably available if you're in new york. ...Read more

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How long before you can have a surgical abortion?

5 weeks: Most doctors will recommend waiting to have an abortion until you're 5 weeks confirmed on an ultrasound. If you're earlier then it's possible your doctor will miss the pregnancy and you'll remain pregnant. 5 weeks is where we're more likely to see the gestational sac and confirm that your procedure was complete. ...Read more

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How long till i can workout after a surgical abortion?

How long till i can workout after a surgical abortion?

Discharge Papers: You should have received discharge instructions after the procedure. I would imagine if you are not having any trouble with bleeding, you could resume your workouts after 3-4 days recovery. If you have any specific, vigorous workouts that you do, call your surgeon. You would probably want to avoid water sports/or activities where there might be pressurized water entering the vagina. ...Read more

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How to deal with symptoms of inf after a surgical abortion?

How to deal with symptoms of inf after a surgical abortion?

See your doctor: If you suspect at all that you have an infection you absolutely HAVE to go to the emergency room or see your gynecologist ASAP, as infection of the uterus can spread throughout your entire body. It's not worth it to try to "fight" it at home and the treatment is a course of antibiotics. If you've already taken antibiotics, then follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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