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  1. Closure of the Vagina (Vaginal Obliteration)

    Closure of the vagina is surgery done for an older woman whose uterus has moved from its natural position to press uncomfortably into the vagina (uterine prolapse).

  2. Surgery for Ovarian Cysts

    When an ovarian growth or cyst needs to be closely looked at, a surgeon can do so through a small incision using laparoscopy or through a larger abdominal incision (laparotomy). Either type of surgery can be used to diagnose problems such as ovarian cysts

  3. Abortion - Exams and Tests

    Examinations and tests are used to diagnose a pregnancy and to check for any health conditions you may have that need special consideration. Regardless of whether you know that you would continue a pregnancy or have an abortion, your evaluation will include a medical history, a physical exam, and some laboratory tests. Whether you are a teenager or an adult, rest assured that the law protects ...

  4. Surgical Abortion Care - Topic Overview

    Care before a surgical abortion Before a surgical abortion,your doctor will: Evaluate your past health,including any medicines you are taking. Do a physical exam,including a pelvic examination,to evaluate your health,how long you have been pregnant,and the location and health of the embryo or fetus. Perform an ultrasound to confirm how far along and where the pregnancy is. Not all ...

  5. Medical Abortion Care - Topic Overview

    A medical abortion is the use of medicines to end a pregnancy. Medical care for a medical abortion is different from medical care for a surgical abortion. This is because a medical abortion is like a miscarriage (in this case,caused by medicines) that takes place at home over 1 to 2 days and does not require your doctor to be present. After a couple of weeks of bleeding,you then see your ...

  6. Abortion - Before, During, and After an Abortion: When to Call a Doctor

    If you think you may be pregnant, see a health professional for a pregnancy test, examination, and pregnancy counseling as soon as possible. If you are considering ending the pregnancy, this is an important time for learning as much as you can about your options. The sooner you take measures to end a pregnancy, the more medical choices you are likely to have and the less your risk of ...

  7. Abortion - Reasons Women Choose Abortion

    In the United States, about 6 million women become pregnant per year.7 Half of all pregnancies are unintended, and of all births, about 1 in 10 newborns have been reported as "unwanted."8Each year, about 1.3 million American women have an abortion to end a pregnancy.9 This number reflects a declining abortion rate, in part because more women are using emergency contraception to prevent unintended

  8. Abortion - Choices: Medical Abortion

    Medical abortion, the use of medications to end an early pregnancy, is up to 98% effective within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy.11 As a pregnancy progresses into the late first trimester, medications are less likely to fully induce an abortion. When this happens, a follow - up surgical abortion becomes necessary to make sure that the uterus is completely clear of tissue.A typical treatment ...

  9. Methotrexate and Misoprostol for Abortion

    Drug details for Methotrexate and misoprostol for abortion.

  10. Abortion - Topic Overview

    What is an abortion?Abortion is the premature ending of a pregnancy. A spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, occurs when a natural cause ends a pregnancy. If you have had or may be having a miscarriage, see the topic Miscarriage. A therapeutic or induced abortion is one resulting from measures taken to intentionally end a pregnancy, using medications (medical abortion) or surgery. Surgical ...

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