An abortion is the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death. An aborition can occur spontaneously, as during a miscarriage, or can be artificially induced by chemical, surgical or other means. More than 90% of abortions are performed in the first trimester - up through the 12th week or pregnancy. The surgical procedure used during induced abortion is called "suction aspiration" and is 7-10 times safer than childbirth. Suction aspiration takes less than 5 minutes to complete. A first trimester abortion is medically quite simple and carries low risk of complication. Cytotec, or misoprostole, is a medication that is taken orally that helps soften and dilate the cervix so that the pregnancy can be removed. Cyotec is used alone or in conjunction with Laminaria for second trimester abortions. The medications can take one half to 4 hours to produce the desired dilatation.The patient generally stays in the office after taken the Cytotec as she may experience chills or a sensation of abdominal pressure and cramping. You can consult an obstetritian for more information and to schedule a consultation.
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