Learning expected a child can be synonymous with great happiness, but also sad news. We have two options: continue or terminate the pregnancy. Taking such a decision is far from easy. Some women will feel confused, ambivalent. This is why it is essential to think hard before taking such a decision. A careful consideration can be done without knowledge of the course of the intervention.

Two types of abortion

Medical abortion Medical abortion is permitted up to the seventh week of pregnancy. The woman then resorted to drugs. Initial medication is used to terminate the pregnancy and the second causes contractions and the ejection of the embryo. This method requires a followed by one or two weeks after the intervention in order to confirm its success. If that fails, women must be prepared to undergo a surgical abortion, because drugs used in this intervention cause malformations in the fetus. Surgical abortion is done by the doctor by dilation and suction. Here are the details.


How many weeks pregnant can you have an abortion?

In most clinics, abortion may occur between the 5th and the 12th week of pregnancy. The abortion is done early, it is safe and without complications. In Canada, it is possible to obtain a termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks if the foetus has a serious malformation or death, if there is a danger for the life and the physical health of the mother, and according to the clinic or the hospital offering the service. During the few abortions during the second trimester, the doctor is using forceps to remove fetal material. Be aware that the interventions in hospitals, CLSCS and independent clinics are made of very safe ways. Less than one woman in a hundred will encounter complications during an abortion.

Make an appointment

The first step is to make an appointment at a clinic. When you call, be assured that you will be treated with respect and dignity. You will be under no circumstances judged with respect to the reasons for your decision. The clinic staff will be able to answer all your questions, and this, in the strictest confidentiality. According to the progress of the pregnancy, they will determine a date of appointment.

You will be asked your personal information such as your name, phone number and the date of the first day of your last menstrual period. It will also advise you to come together in order to facilitate the return to the House. Especially since it is not driving your car for 12 hours after the administration of painkillers. Finally, you will be informed that the total duration of your presence at the clinic will be an hour and a half to two hours.

The day J

On the day of the intervention, you will need to be on an empty stomach four hours prior to your appointment time. I.e. have neither drank nor ate. When you arrive at the clinic, you will be received by the caregivers. You will be asked to fill out forms about your personal information, your medical history. You will also be asked to sign a written consent.

Subsequently, you maintain you with a nurse and a doctor of the clinic. This meeting allows the staff to inform you of the progress of the intervention. Each step will be explained to you. At this meeting, you can also share your concerns and the last questions you have about the intervention. The nurse and the doctor are there to listen and support you. Finally, depending on the circumstances, we may speak you of contraception for the future.

Medical tests

Before the intervention, with the urine pregnancy test will be done. Then, a medical examination will take place. Staff will conduct a review to determine the Rh factor, a hemoglobin test, a blood pressure test, a temperature taking and pelvic examination to detect the presence or not of MTS. An ultrasound will be done to check the status of your pregnancy. This procedure is to ask a probe coated with jelly on your lower belly or inside the vagina. For this intervention and abortion, you will be asked to put on a hospital gown and you undress from the waist down.

The conduct of abortion

As a general rule, the intervention lasts from ten to fifteen minutes. The objective is to remove from the uterus all tissue associated with pregnancy. Before the doctor does the nurse will install you a device at the end of the finger. This unit is used to measure your pulse rate as well as the amount of oxygen in your blood.

In order to see the cervix, the doctor will use a speculum, the same instrument as the PAP test, to gently separate the vaginal walls. It will then clean the pass with an antiseptic and proceed with local anesthesia. You will be asleep. It will gradually open up the cervical canal with metal dilators. The size of these increases depending on the progress of the pregnancy. When the desired dilatation is reached, the doctor will introduce a hollow tube into the uterus. The tube, connected to a pump will remove the contents of the uterus. Subsequently, it will use a curette on the uterine wall to ensure that the placenta was sucked. Finally, the suction tube will be used one last time to remove the rest of the fabric.

After the intervention

When the response is complete, you will be prompted to join the rest room. You will be under the supervision of a nurse. In general, patients are between 45 and 60 minutes. We give you a snack to regain a bit of force. During this period, the nurse will check your bleeding to ensure they are light. It can also be that you have none. Finally, before your departure, she will inform you of postoperative care instructions. It will give you a prescription medication if necessary.

After abortion

It is essential to relax for at least 24 to 48 hours after the intervention. It will be also important to to do you review by your doctor two weeks after the intervention. It will ensure there has not been problems such as incomplete abortion or an infection.


While it is normal you may experience cramps. you for a few days following the intervention, your pain should not be intolerable. We recommend that you consult your physician or to introduce you to the hospital if you have a fever of more than 38 degrees. Your doctor will inform you of other symptoms and side effects that you must monitor following the intervention.

Some tips to reduce the risk of infection after abortion.

-Do not health buffer before your next menstrual period, or as directed by your doctor;
-Have no sexual intercourse for one to two weeks, or on the advice of your doctor;
-Don’t take a bath and go to the pool for one to two weeks, or according to the time indicated by your doctor.
-Avoid any intense physical activity for one to two weeks, or according to the time indicated by your doctor.

It should be noted that this information is of a general nature. Only a health care professional can tell you the precautions to be followed taking into account your specific situation. Finally, it is important to well to surround you. Abortion is a very difficult time in the life of a woman. It can live a major psychological shock. You will need support and listen during the weeks, or even months after the intervention.