What is the difference between a medication abortion and an in-clinic abortion?
A medication abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is a non-surgical method that uses medication to terminate a pregnancy. It typically involves taking two different medications. The first medication, mifepristone, blocks the hormone progesterone, which is needed for the pregnancy to continue. The second medication, misoprostol, is taken 24-48 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. Medication abortions are generally used for pregnancies up to 10 weeks gestational age.
In-clinic abortion, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the pregnancy from the uterus. There are two main types of in-clinic abortions: aspiration abortion (also called suction abortion) and dilation and evacuation (D&E). Aspiration abortions are typically performed in the first trimester, while D&E is usually done in the second trimester.
The choice between medication abortion and in-clinic abortion depends on factors such as the gestational age of the pregnancy, personal preference, and any contraindications or risks associated with each method.