6-13 Weeks after LMP

Vacuum Aspiration

During the first trimester (before 13 weeks) doctors use a surgical abortion method called vacuum aspiration. Pain medication will be sprayed or injected on your cervix. A catheter is inserted into your cervix. This catheter is connected to a machine that acts like a vacuum and will extract the fetus from the womb.

Dilation & Curettage

If you are more than 6 weeks your cervix will need to be dilated (opened further) and an instrument called a curette may be inserted to scrape the uterus. The vacuum will then suction the fetus out of the womb through a tube.

Risks and Side Effects:

Fetal Development (6-13 weeks after LMP):


1. Pennsylvania Department of Health. "Abortion Making A Decision." Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

2. American Pregnancy Association. Possible Physical Side Effects. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/possiblesideeffects.html. Accessed September 30, 2013.

3. American Pregnancy Association. Abortion Emotional Side Effects. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/abortionemotionaleffects.html. Accessed September 24, 2013.

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