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3 Things to Know About Abortions

There are a variety of instances where a woman may feel that terminating a pregnancy is the best option. Whether it's due to personal reasons or medical reasons, it's important to seek out trusted medical professionals when getting this procedure. There is a lot of information available both online and in clinics about abortions. However, it can be difficult to sort through all of the information available. Here are three things to know before seeking out this procedure.

The Difference Between Medical & Surgical Abortions

The first thing that any woman should know about abortions is that they have the option between medical abortions and surgical abortions. A medical abortion uses a variety of medications to terminate the pregnancy. In a surgical abortion a doctor uses suction on the uterus to end the pregnancy. Both procedures are safe and effective. The procedure for a surgical abortion only takes about 10 minutes, however, it does require a visit to a clinic. With a medical abortion the pills are obtained at a clinic or at a doctor's office and followup appointment are often needed. However, many women prefer to have their pregnancies come to an end in the comfort of their own homes.

Timing Plays a Role

When it comes to abortions, most women choose to have them as early as possible. Around 91.5 percent of abortions are performed at less than 13 weeks gestation. Only 1.3 percent are performed after 21 weeks gestation. Medical abortions are performed most often in early pregnancy. Medical abortions can be performed anywhere from four to nine weeks from the first day of a woman's previous menstrual period. A surgical abortion is recommended anywhere from six to 14 weeks after the first day of a woman's previous menstrual cycle. How far along a woman is in her pregnancy may determine which procedure is the best option.

There's Costs Involved

Another thing to consider when it comes to abortions is the cost. A medical abortion after 10 weeks of gestation costs on average between $320 and $500 while a surgical abortion at 16 weeks tends to run between $500 and $700. After 20 weeks, a surgical abortion can cost around $1,000 to $2,000 or more. Most medical insurance policies will cover at least some of the costs associated with an abortion. 

When it comes to abortions there are a lot of things to consider. Women have the choice between a medical abortion and a surgical abortion. Personal preference and how far along the woman is in her pregnancy can play a role in which procedure will work the best. It's also important to consider costs. An abortion can range from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. Surgical abortions tend to be more expensive than medical abortions.

Learn more about your options by contacting services such as Aaron Women’s Center Houston.