There are two types of abortions: surgical and non-surgical.
The start of your pregnancy is considered to be from the first day of your last normal menstrual period.
Vacuum Suction Curettage (VSC) is a surgical procedure that can be done up to 14 weeks in the hospital and up to 20 weeks at some clinics. The cervix is dilated (opened up), instruments are inserted into the uterus and a machine provides gentle suction to remove the contents. Laminaria tents are used in all procedures done at the hospital, and for clinic procedures when the pregnancy is 14 weeks or over (Laminaria tents are thin pieces of sterile seaweed that are put into the cervix. They slowly open up the cervix to make the procedure easier and more comfortable.)
Methotrexate and Misoprostol (M&M) is a non-surgical abortion that can be performed up to seven weeks from the start of your last menstrual period. An injection of Methotrexate given into the hip muscle stops the growth of the pregnancy. Misoprostol tablets are put into the vagina at home five to seven days later. This causes the uterus to contract and expel the contents usually within 24 hours. In about 35 per cent of cases, it may take several days or weeks. A surgical abortion may be needed if the drugs have not worked and the abortion is not completed.
Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) is a surgical procedure that can be done up to 7½ weeks from the start of your last menstrual period. A flexible plastic tube is put into the uterus. Pulling back on the syringe creates a gentle suction and the contents of the uterus are removed. You are awake during the procedure and it takes about 10 minutes.
If you want to have your abortion done at a hospital, there are a few things you should know. You will be given a general anaesthitic (put to sleep) and your stay at the hospital will be approximately eight hours. The Bay Centre For Birth Control can make those arrangements for you. You will need to make an appointment with them first for a counselling session. Their phone number is 416 · 351 · 3700.