Basically there are two general methods of abortion allowed in the US: medical abortion and surgical abortion. Both are proven to be effective and generally safe if done properly. If you decided to have an abortion then it would be best to go to a licensed abortion specialist and discuss with him or her which method would be appropriate for you. Getting the advice of a medical professional will not only make the procedure successful but will make it safer.
Which method would be best for you?
Your physician should recommend you what's the best method to use according to your health condition. Normally, if you decided to have an abortion 9 weeks or less from the date you suppose to have your menstrual period, then doctors would suggest you to take abortion pills. There are several kinds of abortion pills that a doctor can prescribe for you. RU486, mifiprex, mifepristone, methotrexate, tamoxifen, cytotec and misoprostol are some examples of drugs used in abortion. These drugs are generally safe but can still cause some side effects. It would be best to discuss first to your physician about mifepristone contraindications along with side effects of other drugs.
Another method is through surgical methods. Some doctors may recommend that you have to have a surgical abortion especially if you decided to do the procedure more than 9 weeks after your last menstruation. Doctors can do different kinds of surgical procedures depending on the needs of the patient. One of these kinds is with the use of forceps. Another procedure involves using a suction machine that sucks the fetus out of the uterus. It must be reminded, though, that surgical methods may also cause side effects, including irregular menstruation at the first few weeks after the procedure, and hormonal imbalances.
Which method is the safest?
Naturally all methods, when done properly, are safe. Although some procedures can cause side effects, and they are normal. Some of the side effects could have been bleeding and pain, which should fade away in a matter of days. That is why you should follow up with your doctor at least twice a week just to check on your health status. If you happen to experience abnormalities then it's advisable to go to your physician right away.
How do you get ready for the procedure?
You can begin by carefully deciding to go through with the procedure. Then be physically and emotionally prepared for the procedure by having a conversation with your abortion specialist.