Choosing Between Surgical or Medication Abortion
Patients who choose medication abortions often do so because they prefer to abort in the privacy of their own home with a partner or friend and because they feel it is less invasive and more natural. Some patients say they feel more in control during the process. We offer medication abortions with Mifepristone/Misoprostol (Mifegymiso DIN # 02444038)
Medication abortions are like natural miscarriages and usually take longer and there is usually more bleeding and cramps than a surgical abortion.
Most patients in Canada have surgical instead of medication abortions. The main reason is that surgical abortion is much more widely available than medical. Patients may also want to know that the procedure is completed right away.
Also, some patients are worried about how long an abortion will take, some are nervous about side effects of the medications and some patients want the reassurance of having medical professionals in the room with them when the abortion takes place.
At Willow Clinic we do not perform surgical abortions. For any of our patients who change their mind and want surgery or who are too far for the medication abortion, we will refer you to one of the surgical clinics in Vancouver.
If you have had a medication abortion at Willow Clinic that requires a surgical completion we will refer you to Everywoman’s Health Center. Many of the Willow Clinic doctors also work at Everywoman’s.
At Everywoman’s, you will be offered intravenous (IV) pain and relaxing medications. The doctor will put the freezing in your cervix and use suction from the syringe or suction machine to empty your uterus. This takes about 5 minutes and you will feel cramping pains. Another ultrasound is done to make sure the uterus is empty. You will need to wait in the clinic until the staff have checked and made sure you are ready to go (about 20-30 minutes).
This procedure is very safe. There is less than 1% chance of infection or complications requiring a second procedure. There is about 1/100,000 chance of a serious reaction to the medications used or any damage to the uterus.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR: DR ELLEN WIEBE