Abortion is an early termination of a pregnancy. This can happen either by choice via surgery or medication, or it can happen naturally. This is often called a miscarriage. Talking to a doctor and getting all the information you can is essential to learning about both types of abortions. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about abortions.
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 ...
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
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) for Abortion
Dilation and evacuation (DandE) is done in the second 12 weeks (second trimester) of pregnancy.
Vacuum Aspiration for Abortion
There are two methods of vacuum aspiration (also called suction aspiration) for an abortion.
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