Pregnancy is all about bearing a child in a woman's body. Reaction towards pregnancy actually varies. There are those who consider it as a blessing and to others too, they consider it as a compromise specifically for women who have unexpected pregnancies. But whatever is the reaction, the fact is that the mother and the fetus inside have a mutual bond.
This mutual bond means that whatever the mother takes inside her body would affect the fetus inside. This is usually seen as very satisfying but this bond could also become deleterious to either of them- the mother or the fetus. This can be due to some diseases which could harm both of them and the question of who should remain in the picture and thus abortion; which is why most women and even their families opt for abortion to save the mother's life.
But what really is abortion? This is the forced expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the uterus or simply the termination of pregnancy. This method has two ways: surgical abortion and non-surgical or medical abortion.
Surgical abortion is done with the use of a suction machine which takes about 10 to 15 minutes and would need the application of anesthesia. This is also performed by opening the cervix using metal dilators. Further, a cannula will be inserted and suctioning will be done. The downside of this method is its requirement of long periods of recovery and discomfort which could last from hours to days. But, the benefit of this is that, it has fewer complications than non-surgical abortion.
As a counterpart, non-surgical or medical abortion is the use of abortion pill Mifepristone which is also called Mifeprex. This drug aims to block progesterone to discontinue pregnancy. The blocking of the progesterone softens and breaks down the uterus' lining. Side effects of this method includes fever, bleeding and cramping.
Aside from that, another drug called Misoprostol must also be taken after Mifepristone. Through this drug, the uterine will contract and push the embryo out of the uterine tract. Advisably, this should be taken 48 to 72 hours after the initial drug. Typically, the effect will take place within 6 to 8 hours after the intake. Then, bleeding will start 20 minutes after the intake which lasts six says to two weeks.
To verify if the pregnancy has already stopped after the applications of the medical abortion, a sonogram is delivered between 7 to 14 days.
Comparing to surgical abortion, this method actually pose fast recovery for the patient which usually takes from minutes to hours only. Plus, there is no discomfort a patient can feel after the procedure. But the only problem is its side effects of nausea and vomiting.
Given the two methods of abortion, still it is best to consult a physician about your health condition to see where you fit in the two methods as mentioned.