Safe abortion methods

At DKT WomanCare Global, we believe that every woman should have the freedom to make a decision when it comes to having children. Every woman should have a choice.

What is Safe Abortion?

Safe abortion refers to the termination of a pregnancy using an approved method in an environment that adheres to appropriate medical standards and guidelines. Using approved methods to end a pregnancy, minimizes the risks to the woman’s health and well-being.  

Unsafe abortion, refers to procedures that are performed by individuals lacking the necessary skills or in environments that do not conform to medical standards. Unsafe abortions can result in serious health complications and are a significant cause of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. 

While the choice of abortion method should be based on what is best for you, the important thing is to make sure you choose a safe method. 

The safe methods, as recognized by the World Health Organization, are:

Aspiration abortion, also known as surgical abortion:

– Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA), or 

– Electric vacuum aspiration (EVA) 

Medical abortion (with pills) – up to 12 weeks of gestation 

– Mifepristone and Misoprostol 

– Misoprostol alone when mifepristone is not available 

Dilation and Evacuation uses a combination of medication and instruments to safely evacuate the uterus for pregnancies over 12-14 weeks. Some methods, like dilatation and sharp curettage (D&C), are still practiced but are now becoming less common thanks to new technologies such as MVA. Abortion is an extremely safe procedure when performed correctly: this means using a recommended method and assistance from a competent healthcare provider. 

Abortion is a deeply personal decision that each woman faces based on her unique circumstances. It is essential to recognize and respect the autonomy of women in making choices about their reproductive health. Regardless of one’s stance on the moral or ethical aspects of abortion, prioritizing the safety and well-being of women is crucial. Ensuring access to safe and legal abortion services, accompanied by comprehensive healthcare, counseling, and support, empowers women to make informed decisions about their bodies and lives.

Source: World Health Organization 

Common myths/misconceptions around abortion

Most women feel cramping during and after the abortion, similar to strong period cramps. But your doctors and nurses will make the procedure as comfortable as possible with pain relief and numbing medications.

Yes. Having an abortion doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant again in the future; you can actually become pregnant again in the months right after your abortion. If you do not want to become pregnant, remember to use contraception! Many healthcare providers will offer contraceptive counseling services as part of comprehensive abortion care – if you are interested make sure to ask about what birth control options might be available. #BeContraceptiveWise

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Of course! You will be able to have sex as soon as you feel ready. It is also a good idea to use contraception if you want to avoid pregnancy, as you might be fertile again right after your abortion.

While there is nothing wrong with having an abortion, using a contraceptive is usually simpler, less costly, and gives you more control of your life. Another consideration is to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)!

No, safe abortion is not dangerous for your health. Getting accurate and reliable information about safe options like Vacuum Aspiration (manual or electrical), medical abortion, or Dilation and Evacuation empowers you to make the right choice for you. You can also talk to your healthcare provider for more information. If you would rather speak with someone else, the counselors from Safe2Choose are available to explain your options and help you think about what is right for you. Unsafe abortion, on the other hand, can be dangerous for your health and future fertility. Protect yourself and your future by choosing a safe method.

There is no scientific evidence supporting a link between abortion and breast cancer. While interest groups spread this rumor for personal reasons, the American Cancer Society debunked this myth with the following statement: “Linking these topics creates a great deal of emotion and debate. But scientific research studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship between abortion and breast cancer.” American Cancer Society

It depends and varies for every woman. Some women experience a feeling of loss and psychological unease, but other women feel liberated. No matter how you feel about it, there are people to talk to if you need to. Counselors at safe2choose are available (by phone or chat), or you can reach out to health centers and family planning resources in your own community.

No, it is your decision. However, depending on where you live, you may need written permission from your parents or guardian if you are underage (generally under 18 years old). It’s your body, It’s your choice!