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  • What is Abortion
    Importance of Early Decision
    Types of Abortion Procedure
    Diagnosis - Surgical Abortion
    Risks and Complications - Surgical Abortion
    Best Method for Abortion
    When To Consult a Doctor for Abortion
    Questions To Ask Your Doctor
    Treatment options & cost
    Insurance coverage
    Recovery Rate
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    What is Abortion?

    Abortion, as the name suggests, is the procedure to abort or end an unwanted pregnancy. In India, it is a legally sanctioned option for both married and unmarried women and can be performed until the first 20 weeks* under the following 4 grounds:

    • 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 (termination limit extended until 24 weeks)

    As a procedure, it is one of the safest, most common, and minimal risks procedures. It bears no risks on future pregnancies and marks no scar. However, it must be performed only by a trained and licensed OB-GYN and only at a registered clinic (under MTP act, 1971).

    Abortion at any other facility, such as home or an unsafe place, or by an unauthorized doctor is extremely risky and can lead to severe complications such as incomplete abortion, infection, and at times, death. According to WHO, unsafe abortions are the third leading cause of maternal deaths in India.

    Importance of Early Decision

    If you have conceived an unwanted pregnancy, and decide to terminate it, we suggest you do not delay the abortion procedure. The earlier the abortion, the better, safer, and economical.

    Also, a delayed decision may also bring you in conflict with the law. The Indian State allows termination of unwanted pregnancy only until 20 weeks in regular cases, and 24 weeks in special cases such as- when the woman is a victim of sexual assault, example- rape or incest, or, the woman is differently-abled or of a minor age (under 18 years).

    You can read more about the legal limitations and rights on abortion in India here.

    Types of Abortion Procedure

    • Abortion by medicine
    • Abortion by surgery

    Diagnosis - Surgical Abortion

    Ultrasound: Ultrasound is a sound-based imaging test. That is, it uses high-frequency sound waves to paint the internal image of the abdominal organs based on echo.

    Based on the number of weeks in pregnancy, either of the following may be suggested to determine the best course of terminating the pregnancy:

    1. Before 2 months (6-8 weeks ): Transvaginal Ultrasound
    • Here the sound device is inserted through the birth canal. This helps give a better view of the internal organs because of its proximity to the uterus.
    1. After 2 months (8 weeks or more): Abdominal Ultrasound
    • Here the sound device is moved over the pelvis and abdomen. Before starting with the sound waves, the doctor or the technician used a water-based gel on the abdominal site to prevent any air bubbles that may hinder the results.

    Risks and Complications - Surgical Abortion

    Risks and Complications of Unsafe Abortion

    Unsafe abortion is any abortion performed outside of a medically verified vicinity or by an untrained or unqualified person.

    More than 64 lakh pregnancies are terminated in India every year while only a portion is performed legally and under proper medical guidance. While quite common, unsafe abortions are extremely risky. It could lead to:

    • Infection,
    • Incomplete abortion,
    • Risk to fertility, and in worst cases,
    • Death.

    In fact, India reports an average of 10 deaths every day because of unsafe abortions, thus marking it the third most common reason for maternal deaths. Therefore we suggest, you trust only a well-qualified, trained, and experienced OB-Gynecologist for the pregnancy termination and seek only MTP registered clinics.

    Abortion for Minor Women in India (less than 18 years)

    Safe abortion is a legal option for both minor and adult women in India.

    However, you would need your guardian’s consent for the procedure when under 18 years. Nevertheless, once attested, any licensed gynecologist can perform the abortion service across any MTP clinic throughout India*.

    *Sex with any women under 18 years of age (with or without consent) is categorized as ‘rape’ in India and hence your doctor is under a legal liability to inform the police. Post a few hours of investigation, your doctor would be allowed to perform the procedure.

    Since the abortion here is directly or indirectly a result of forced sexual assault, the law views it as a special case, and the woman is entitled to a safe abortion until her first 24 weeks of pregnancy (on the recommendation of two doctors).

    Best Method for Abortion

    The best method for abortion depends on mainly 2 factors-

    The other decision-making factors include- the need for abortion, the patient’s general health, limitations, and personal preferences. Depending on the same, either of the following may be suggested-

    • Early weeks of normal pregnancy: Abortion Pills
    • Later weeks of normal pregnancy: Dilation and Curettage
    • Ectopic Pregnancy: Laparoscopic Excision
    • Molar Pregnancy:Dilation and Curettage

    When To Consult a Doctor for Abortion

    If you fear or feel an unwanted pregnancy, we suggest you consult your doctor at the first sign of pregnancy, that is,

    • Missed period
    • Tenderness of breast
    • Nausea
    • Positive on the HCG strip test

    Questions To Ask Your Doctor

    • What is the best abortion method for me?
    • How would the recovery period be after abortion?
    • How can I reduce bleeding and pain after abortion?
    • How soon will I be able to resume my work?
    • How long does it take for hormones to balance out after abortion?
    • When can I resume my sex life after surgical abortion?
    • What is the best birth control option for me?
    • How should I plan my next pregnancy?

    Treatment options & cost

    Early Weeks of Normal Pregnancy

    Normal pregnancy until 8-9 weeks can be aborted through a combination of 2 medicines (commonly known as RU486). However, medical abortion persues heavy & prolonged bleeding and cramping and must be followed by an ultrasound to endure complete expulsion. Therefore, doctors often suggest surgical abortion post 5 weeks to ease the patient’s pain and discomfort.

    Medications: Medical termination of pregnancy  involves using a combination of two different medicines-  mifepristone and misoprostol. The first pill is given by the doctor in the clinic, whereas the second one is taken at home by the patient herself. While ‘mifepristone’ blocks the necessary hormone for pregnancy and detaches the embryo from the uterine wall, ‘misoprostol’ causes the uterus to contract and open the cervix slightly to expel the pregnancy.

    Typically, expulsion is very painful, prolonged, and causes discomforting cramps. Therefore, it may take you a little over 7-10 days to expel the pregnancy completely. After the expulsion, a necessary ultrasound exam must be taken within 15 days to ensure complete abortion.

    Later Weeks of Normal Pregnancy

    Normal pregnancy post 8-9 weeks can only be aborted through surgical intervention. A common procedure then is D&C (dilation and curettage). It is quick, bladeless, painless, and ensures complete expulsion with the same-day discharge.

    First, the doctor gives you the medicine for the dilation of the cervix. This is particularly important for the pregnancy tissue to expel out of the birth canal. It may take 30-40 minutes or more. Then, once the cervix is dilated, the surgeon uses a curettage instrument to remove all the pregnancy tissues out of the uterus. Soon after a few hours, the cervix contracts naturally and the pregnancy is ended without any cuts or sutures.

    Ectopic Pregnancy

    Ectopic pregnancy is a nonviable pregnancy and must be ended at the earliest possible. Else, it poses life-threatening risks to the mother’s health. The method of removal changes according to the type of ectopic pregnancy. For example-

    • Tubal Ectopic: Medication/ Salpingostomy/ Salpingotomy/ Salpingjectomy
    • Ovarian Ectopic: Laparoscopic Excision
    • Abdominal Ectopic: Laparoscopic Excision
    • Cervical Ectopic: Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

    These too, are painless procedures performed under anesthesia. However, they may require 1-2 days of hospitalization. You can read more about the procedure, recovery, and other information about ectopic pregnancy here.

    Molar Pregnancy

    Molar pregnancy (both partial mole and complete mole) is a non-viable pregnancy that must be ended at the earliest detected. Else, it poses a grave risk to the mother’s health. Typically, it is removed by the dilation and curettage (D&C) method followed by methotrexate medicine. You can read more about its procedure, recovery, and other information here.

    How to Prepare for Abortion?

    However, sweet and touching experience a child-birth maybe, it is equally and more great and life long responsibility.  If you feel you are not ready yet or the pregnancy is unsupported physically/ mentally or emotionally, it is best you think thoroughly, discuss with the most trusted of your friends, seek counsel and make your own decision.

    Your consent is primary.

    Once decided, a few steps that can help you prepare better for the procedure are:

    • Carry your age proof.
    • Make sure you have informed your doctor about all your current medications and supplements. Your doctor might have to ask you to stop certain medicines (especially blood thinners) as they might interfere with the surgery process and cause excessive bleeding.
    • Do not shave the surgical site yourself. A simple cut may infect the site and cause complications.
    • Since the surgery is performed under anesthesia, your doctor may ask you to stop eating anything solid/ liquid (even water) for at least 4- 6 hours before the surgery.
    • Carry a pair of loose cotton clothing to change into after your surgery.
    • Carry a pack of soft sanitary pads to use for post-surgical bleeding.

    What to Expect During the Surgery

    • The procedure is performed under the influence of general anesthesia. Hence, it is completely painless.
    • On average, it may take anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes.

    Care After the Surgery

    • Rest: Take a little break and let your body recover. Have lots of water, eat your comfort food and spend your time doing something you enjoy. Also, maybe talk to your friends, family, or anyone who makes you feel better and warmer.
    • Complete your full course of medicines: Make sure you complete your entire course of medications without fail. They will help prevent infection and regulate your periods.
    • Do not skip your follow-ups: Take your requisite follow-ups without fail. These would ensure a successful recovery and nullify complications.
    • Do not use tampons, but only soft sanitary pads: After your procedure, your vagina would still be a little sensitive and critical. Therefore, do not insert anything penetrative in nature and rather use soft sanitary pads for hygiene.
    • Avoid sex until the first 4 weeks. Take your time, heal and only once you feel better and ready, resume what and as you like.
    • Refrain from any heavy sports activity or any physical exercise that may strain your body or pelvic area.

    Insurance coverage

    Insurance coverage of abortion depends on the reason for undertaking the treatment. That is, the cost claim is covered when done under medical reasons and advised by the doctor, however, refused when taken because of voluntary choice.

    Medical reasons mostly include-

    • danger to the health of the mother (example- rapid increase in BP, sugar, palpitations, etc.)
    • mental or physical anomalies in the fetus (example- heart conditions, severe disabilities)
    • Non-viable pregnancies such as ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.
    • Unintended miscarriage

    If your particular policy includes the coverage for reproductive and maternal health and the reason for abortion is either of the above, it is mostly covered under insurance by all major health care and insurance providers in India.

    However, when not advised by the doctor and rather taken as a voluntary choice because of a personal reason, the procedure is not covered under insurance.

    For more information or specific clarities, please call us directly.

    Recovery Rate

    • Abortion by medicine is usually more time-consuming and painful because of excessive cramps and bleeding. The expulsion itself may take 7-10 days and recovery could take a few more. A follow-up ultrasound is mandated within 15 days after the pill. It is done to ensure that the abortion is complete and there are no remnants.
    • Surgical abortion is comparatively a faster and painless method. Here, the doctor aborts the fetus and cleans the uterine wall through a vacuum-like suction through the procedure itself. The bleeding typically ends within 3-4 days and you can resume work within the first week.
    • However, since every person is different, and so is the body’s reaction to pain/ recovery,  it also depends on case to case and the kind of work you do. (Desk job/ sedentary work may be rejoined within 1-2 weeks, however, physically strenuous work may take longer).

    Why choose Pristyn Care for abortion services in India?

    We understand the need for abortion and are focused at providing you a safe space. Therefore, when you choose Pristyn Care, rest assured you are choosing a safe, risk-free, and seamless abortion service free of moral judgments.

    Some of our USPs are:

    • A Safe Space to open up about your fear, needs, and hesitations:
      While abortion may not always be the first choice, in many a cases it is the best possible choice. So if your pregnancy is unwanted, it is best terminated at the earliest.Our doctors and staff understand this fully and provide you a safe and comfortable environment to open up, know the correct information and make an informed choice from a place of confidence.
    • Experienced and registered female OBGYNs: Our doctors are licensed under the MTP act and specialized in both- gynecology and obstetrics. Therefore, the risk of complications is minimum to zero.
    • Complete Privacy and Confidentiality: Not one person except you/ your authorized attendant/ friend will know of your/ your treatment details. We ensure privacy through and through and the information is never compromised.
    • Economical Cost and No-Cost EMI payment: An unwanted pregnancy is not something you chose. So a sudden financial burden can be too much at times. Therefore, we offer you the best of services at the most economical rate. However, if you still fall short of finances, please avail our no-cost EMI option. Do not delay the procedure. Get operated now and pay later in smaller installments.
    • Free Transportation: Wherever you are inIndia, do not worry. We offer you a free pick and drop facility across town and nearby. Just book your appointment and go tension-free.
    • Free Follow-up: Our association with you does not end at the treatment. We also offer you free follow-up services to ensure you are okay and healing quick.
    • Option for Online Consultation: Can’t come to the clinic? No issue. Seek our online consultation service and get a safe and trustable medical opinion right from the convenience of your home.

    How to contact Pristyn Care in India?

    Booking an appointment with Pristyn Care is extremely simple.

    • Just call us directly through the number mentioned on our website or
    • Fill our ‘Book my Appointment’ form by clicking the ‘Book Appointment’ tab right next to our number. Once you fill in the four basic information such as ‘Your name’, ‘Contact’, ‘Disease name’, and ‘City’, just sit back and relax. Our medical coordinators will reach you shortly and help you guide you through the complete process step by step.
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    Frequently asked Questions

    Can my child feel the pain during abortion?

    No. Though the pain itself is very subjective in nature, medical science says that a fetus cannot feel any pain or sensation up until at least 20 weeks after conception because the nervous system doesn’t develop fully.

    Is abortion legal in India?

    Yes, abortion is legal in India up until the first 20 weeks of gestation. You can seek the same on the following grounds-

    1. When your doctor marks that the continuation of your pregnancy marks a risk/ threat to your life and may cause a grave injury to your mental or physical health.
    2. When your doctors record a substantial risk that- the child, if born, would be seriously handicapped and may have physical or mental abnormalities
    3. When you claim that your pregnancy is caused due to the failure of birth contraceptives
    4. When your pregnancy is a result of rape/incest. (Here, the abortion period may be extended until 24 weeks when approved by two registered doctors.)

    I am under 18. Can I get an abortion? Do I need my parent’s consent for it?

    Yes, if your gestation period is under 20 weeks and your doctor finds you medically fit for an abortion, you can undergo an abortion at any registered clinic by a licensed practitioner in India. However, you require your parents or guardian’s consent for the same. We understand that the same may be difficult for many women as they may fear absolute unacceptance or extreme reactions to it. However, in real-time, most of these fears never really actualize. What we fear doesn’t always happen. This is why we suggest you try telling your parents or at least one of them. They, too, have gone through the same age, and there is a high probability that they would understand, accept and help you. If you want, maybe you first take the help from someone you trust in the family or seek help from a women’s NGO/ council. But, abortion is a highly critical decision and under no circumstance should you rely only on home- remedies or unsafe/ unrecognized methods or shady clinics. The complications can be extremely severe and may pose a life risk.

    Is my husband’s consent necessary for abortion?

    No, under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act,1971,  the Indian law views conception, continuation and abortion as an extremely private and sacrosanct right of the woman herself. This is why, if you are above 18, fall within the gestation limit for the pregnancy and are medically fit for an abortion, no doctor can legally ask you for your husband’s consent.

    Can eating papaya seeds/ doing heavy exercises help me abort my pregnancy?

    No. If you fear an unwanted pregnancy, we suggest you seek medical help at the earliest. Home remedies/ unsafe abortion practices have multiple complications such as-.

    1. Incomplete abortion
    2. Unwanted pregnancy if abortion is unsuccessful
    3. Infection
    4. Prolonged bleeding
    5. Health complications

    I had unprotected intercourse a week back. I fear I might be pregnant. When is the earliest I can diagnose?

    Early diagnosis is the key to make the right and informed choice on an unwanted pregnancy. The earliest you can diagnose a pregnancy is a week after your missed period. Some of the early signs of pregnancy include nausea, vomiting, tenderness of the breast, mild pelvic cramping, bloating, raised basal body temperature and constant fatigue or tiredness. If you sense some of these symptoms after a week/ two of your intercourse and record a missed period, we suggest you take an at-home- pregnancy test. These are readily available over the counter and are quick and private. If the strip suggests a pregnancy, we recommend immediate medical help for both, confirmation and further decision to continue/ terminate the pregnancy.

    My pregnancy test strip says I am not pregnant. But I feel the symptoms. Should I see a doctor?

    Yes, typically, the at-home pregnancy test kits are 99% accurate, but in rare cases, they can also show a false positive/ negative. Therefore, once the strip suggests a pregnancy, we recommend you also seek medical help for confirmation. Your doctor can confirm the exact status of your pregnancy through more advanced tests like- blood tests and pelvic ultrasound

    I have been suggested STP (surgical termination of pregnancy). Does it hurt?

    No. Surgical abortion is always performed under the influence of local/ general/ spinal anesthesia. This is why it is painless. However, as you pass your pregnancy over the next few days, you are likely to experience moderate-intense cramping and blood flow. But, please do not worry. This is completely normal, and you should feel better within the next 3-7 days.

    Is abortion dangerous? Can I die during the procedure?

    No, when done under safe conditions, by trained doctors and in legalised clinics, abortion is one of the safest ways to terminate a pregnancy.  But, the same can not be guaranteed for at-home remedies/ shady- unregistered clinics.  In fact, the reports say that one in ten women dies almost every day in India because of unsafe abortion practices. This is why we suggest you trust only licensed practitioners and legalised clinics for your abortion decision.

    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.

    Can I go home the same day after STP?

    Yes, STP is a minor surgery and minimally invasive in nature. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and you can go home the same day.  However, since passing a pregnancy is moderate- intensely discomforting with heavy cramping and blood flow, we suggest you take good rest at home and indulge in self-care.

    Does STP leave a scar?

    No, STP as a procedure is done through a suction effect on your vagina. Since no incisions are made, it leaves no scars.

    Will I be able to get pregnant after an abortion?

    Yes, absolutely. Right after you pass your pregnancy, you would ovulate again and become fertile in the same month. Abortion, when performed safely, has no negative effect on a woman’s fertility. In fact, you shall re-enter your regular menstrual cycle by the eighth-week post expulsion.

    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. Typically, you are likely to experience moderate-intense cramping and heavy blood flow for up to the next one-two weeks. 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.