Termination of pregnancy
Termination of pregnancy could only be legally performed by registered doctors before 24 weeks of pregnancy. The risk of termination of pregnancy will be increased with advancing gestations. In general, doctors will rule out “Ectopic pregnancy” by performing ultrasound.
It is recommended to make decision after 5-6 weeks of pregnancy and doctors will explain different methods of termination of pregnancy as well as the risks. The commonly adopted methods:
Medical termination of pregnancy
- Takes drugs in hospital, drugs are used to stimulate uterine contraction to expel products of conception (for 6 weeks or above)
- Might have risk that the products of conception might not be fully expelled, therefore follow up is required and further operation (Suction evacuation or uterine curettage) might be needed
- No anesthesia is required
- Might experience heavy bleeding, abdominal cramp or side effects of drugs include fever, shivering, nausea, diarrhea and allergy
Surgical termination of pregnancy (Suction evacuation or uterine curettage)
- The whole procedure will be carried out in hospital. Patient has to stay in hospital for 1 day
- Undergoes under general or monitored anesthesia
- Suction catheter will be inserted through cervix to empty the uterus by vacuum suction
- Experience shorter duration of bleeding and less pain
- Carries surgical risks
All kinds of termination of pregnancy methods involve risks, there might be bleeding, uterine infection, and retained product of conception etc. It is recommended to follow up with your gynecologist 1 week after termination procedure. Besides, some private hospitals have religious background which restrict from providing termination of pregnancy services. For details, please contact Zenith Medical Centre for enquiry.