Surgical Abortion (First Trimester)
Surgical abortion, also known as suction aspiration abortion, can be performed in a one-day procedure in the first trimester of pregnancy (up to 14 weeks after last menstrual period). The procedure is done in the doctor's office with local anesthesia and oral pain-relieving medications.
Medical abortion, also known as non-surgical abortion, is one way to terminate an early pregnancy using medications. Medical abortion is provided by trained health care providers in private office settings, family planning clinics and hospitals.
Surgical Abortion (Second Trimester)
During the second trimester, 14 to 23 weeks after your last menstrual period, abortions are typically performed over a two to three day period but don't require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Medical Versus Surgical Abortion
Reasons to choose a suction curettage (surgical) abortion
compared to reasons to choose a medical abortion.
FAQ: Post-Abortion Care and Recovery
Frequently asked questions about post-abortion care and recovery.