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First Trimester Abortion Options

During the first trimester of preganancy, there are a couple abortion options to choose from.

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First Trimester Medication Abortion

Also known as a Non-Surgical Abortion and RU-486, the Abortion Pill is a safe way to end a pregnancy in the earliest stages without a procedure.  This is an option for you if you are 10 weeks pregnant or less. Many women choose this method because it feels more natural. They like being at home, having a friend or family member with them, not requiring a procedure or anesthesia and having more control over their medical care.

While the Abortion Pill method is a private experience, it is not one to go through alone. Having a good support system is essential. Understanding what to expect after you leave the clinic is vital with this method. We hope the following information will be helpful in making the choice on whether the Abortion Pill is the right method for you.

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First Trimester Surgical Abortion

First trimester surgical abortion is considered one of the safest outpatient surgical procedures when performed by trained physicians. There are two methods for a first trimester surgical abortion, and the Northland Family Planning physicians are expert handlers of these procedures: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Early Standard Vacuum Aspiration (ESVA). Both of these first trimester surgical abortion methods will end a pregnancy safely and effectively.

MVA uses a handheld aspirator that gently removes the pregnancy from the uterus, without the usual surgical equipment sounds. At your appointment, the physician will review your medical history and length of pregnancy to determine if this first trimester abortion method is right for you. 

ESVA involves the use of standard surgical equipment with significant above-standard differences in physician training, skill and comfort for you.  Expert skill is needed to both locate and remove the pregnancy, especially in the case of a first trimester abortion.