What are the different abortion types?

It might surprise you to find that there is more than one kind of abortion procedure. There is a lot of information about abortion, and we encourage you to come to Diamond Women’s Support if you have any questions or are feeling uncertain about it. We believe that knowledge is power, and the more informed you are, the more confident you will be in making the best decision for you.

Medical Abortion

Often known as the “abortion pill,” a medical abortion combines two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, in order to terminate a pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks the flow of a hormone naturally created by the female body that is necessary for the pregnancy to continue called progesterone. The second medication, misoprostol, causes contractions to begin. In Australia, a medical abortion can be performed in the first 9 weeks of pregnancy. However, depending on the state or territory you’re located in, different abortion laws may apply to you.

Between 2 and 5 percent of women who choose medical abortion need to have a surgical abortion procedure following it to complete it. Learn the risks of a medical abortion to be as informed as possible about your body and your health.

Surgical Abortion

The most common abortion performed is the suction aspiration method. The cervix is synthetically widened, and a tube is inserted to suction the uterine contents. Another surgical instrument is used to ensure everything has been removed. This procedure can only be performed within the first trimester, or first 12 weeks, of pregnancy. Make sure you’re aware of the abortion laws in your state or territory prior to seeking an abortion.

After 12 weeks, the procedure is similar to suction aspiration. Since the pregnancy is further along, more time and different tools are needed to widen the cervix than would be used during the suction aspiration.

There are risks involved with the surgical abortion procedures. Being aware of them can help you make the best, most empowering decision possible for your body.

Have questions?

If you have questions about abortion procedures or anything else regarding unexpected pregnancy, we encourage you to come in for a free session with one of our licensed counsellors. It is better to know than to wonder and we are glad to have an open and honest conversation with you. This is your decision to make, we are simply here to listen.

If you are in need of help, feel free to call us on our hotline or Make an appointment with Diamond Women’s Support to discuss any of your options further. It’s as simple as filling out our contact form.