If you are early and under 10 weeks, we usually recommend that a termination be performed with the abortion pill, or by medical means.
However, there are certain times and circumstances that make a surgical abortion more preferable. Such situations may include specific existing medical conditions. Also, if you are further along than 10 weeks, then the surgical option may be the only choice.
You will meet with our physician and an ultrasound will be performed to figure the age of pregnancy. The physician will then discuss your options to determine the best method of termination. For some, the medical or abortion pill option will be best. For others, the surgery option may be best or the only option.
The surgical abortion is also known as Dilation and Curettage, or D and C for short. It involves dilating, or opening the cervix to gain access to the pregnancy inside the uterus, and subsequently evacuating it.
In the second trimester, it is known as Dilation and Evacuation, or D and E. This is similar to a D and C, but since the pregnancy is further along the process is a bit more complex and involved in order to remove a larger pregnancy. Our limit for pregnancy termination is 17 weeks as confirmed by ultrasound that day.