First Trimester Abortion Options
During the first fourteen weeks of preganancy, there are a couple of abortion options to choose from.
First Trimester Abortion - Medical Abortion
Also known as a Non-Surgical Abortion or RU-486, the Abortion Pilll is a safe way to end a pregnancy 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.
First Trimester Abortion - Surgical Abortion
First trimester abortion is considered one of the safest outpatient procedures when performed by trained physicians. There are two methods for a first trimester surgical abortion, and the Northland Family Planning physicians are experts in both: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Early Standard Vacuum Aspiration (ESVA).
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 abortion method is right for you.
ESVA involves the use of standard procedural equipment with significant above-standard differences in physician training, skill, and comfort for you.