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What is abortion?

Want to abort your pregnancy? Looking for a healthcare provider who can help? Consult with our expert female gynecologists in Pune for a safe and confidential medical or surgical abortion. Our clinics are licensed and our doctors are certified to provide you a safe abortion without any complications. Abortion, in the simplest term, is the medical procedure to end an unwanted pregnancy mid-gestation. It is a legally sanctioned option in India for both married and unmarried adult women (18+ years), and you do not need your parent's/ partner's permission for it. However, it is permissible only under 4 conditions:

  • Physical and mental health danger to the mother
  • Chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus
  • Failure of Contraception
  • When the pregnancy is the result of sexual assault such as rape or incest
Aborting a pregnancy is a very personal decision. This is why our doctors advise counseling first. However, if the woman still decides to terminate her pregnancy, our gynecologists are medically trained and legally licensed to perform the abortion procedure.

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Overview

Abortion
Options for abortions in India
  • Medical Termination of Pregnancy
  • Surgical Termination of Pregnancy
Legal limit for Abortion In India
  • According to MTP Amendment Act 2021
  • Abortion can be performed until 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Legal clauses for abortion in India
  • Grave risk to mother's physical or mental health
  • Genetic abnormalities in the fetus
  • Failure of contraception (birth control)
  • If the pregnancy is a result of sexual assault
  • Such as rape (allowed until 24 weeks)
Documents required for abortion
  • Age proof (18+)
  • Written consent of the patient
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Abortion Types & Procedure

There are primarily two types of abortion, medical and surgical. Let us understand how both these types of abortion work:

  • Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP): A medical abortion is done using medicines and pills. It is recommended for women within 10 weeks of pregnancy. A medical termination of pregnancy can be done using the following medications or pills:
    1. Oral mifepristone (Mifeprex) and oral misoprostol (Cytotec)
    2. Oral mifepristone and vaginal or sublingual misoprostol
    3. Methotrexate & vaginal misoprostol
  • Surgical abortion: A surgical abortion is the procedure that ends a pregnancy by removing the pregnancy tissue (the fetus and placenta) from the uterus. There are two types of surgical abortions, namely Dilation and Evacuation and Dilation and Curettage .
  1. Dilation and Evacuation : This procedure is usually done in the second [2nd] trimester. During this procedure, the Gynecologist removes the fetus and placenta using narrow forceps through the cervix.
  2. Dilation and Curettage : This procedure is usually performed in the first [1st] trimester. During this procedure the surgeon will first dilate your cervix to allow the tissue to be removed from your uterus, either by using a loop-shaped curette instrument or a suction curettage that acts like a small vacuum.

Both of these methods (medicinal and surgical) are equally safe and effective. However, it is important that you make an informed decision before going for the treatment. You can get in touch with Pristyn Care and consult our Gynecologists in Bangalore to learn more about the types of abortion and understand the right line of treatment for you.

In Our Doctor's Word

Dr. Amrita Singh

MBBS

15 Years Experience

"Please remember it is your legal right to abort. Do not struggle alone or try aborting at home. It is completely unsafe and the third leading cause of maternal deaths in India. In Fact, traditional methods or home remedies most often result in incomplete abortion and cause serious infections and risk to both- your health and eventual pregnancies. This is also why WHO reports that at least 13 women die everyday in India because of unsafe abortions. So please understand the risks and complications of unsafe abortion and approach a good doctor on time. It is both- your medical and legal right.”

Frequently Asked Question

Is abortion safe for health?

Yes, when done under the guidance of an experienced OBGYN, abortion is one of the safest medical procedures. It involves no incisions or cuts, marks no major side effects, and recovery is quick. However, note that it must be done only by a licensed OBGYN at an MTP registered clinic.

Is abortion legal for unmarried women?

Yes, Under the Indian MTP act, abortion is legal for both- married and unmarried women in India.

How much time does it take to terminate a pregnancy surgically?

Surgical abortions are usually a very swift procedure. Depending on the procedure and technique you opt for, it may take anywhere between 30- 40 minutes.

Does abortion cause a lot of bleeding?

The amount of abortion bleeding is completely dependent on the procedure type. While abortion by medicine marks comparatively heavier bleeding, surgical abortion marks only slight to moderate flow.

When can I resume my normal activities post-surgical abortion? Will I have to take a leave?

Passing an abortion is a very personal experience, and the pain may differ from woman to woman. However, typically, you are likely to experience only slight to moderate cramping and blood flow up to the next one-two days. Here, it is important you listen to your body and decide what works best personally for you. If you feel well-rested, and work makes you feel better, you may resume normal activities the very next day, and if not, we suggest you take a little break, rest well, use heat pads, take a good diet and slowly resume work as you feel better.

Surgical Abortion Procedure

A surgical abortion is typically a D&E or D&C procedure. That is- dilation and evacuation, or dilation and curettage. Either of the procedure may be employed based on the individual need, medical health, or personal choice. Both are quick and painless procedures and can be performed in under 30 minutes.

The OBGYN surgeon first dilates the cervix through medication/ injection. Once the cervix opens up, the OBGYN aborts the pregnancy by gently vacuuming or curetting the fetus and uterine lining out through the woman’s vaginal passage. Since the procedure ensures complete expulsion right through the procedure, it marks comparatively lesser post-surgery bleeding, and recovery is quicker and easier.

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