Abortion is legal in South African during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Abortion in South Africa is legal on request during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and under certain conditions afterwards.
Abortion is provided free at government hospitals and a tele-medical or 'pills by post' service is provided by Marie Stopes South Africa and Abortion Clinic Johannesburg.
The first country to legalize abortion is the Soviet Union.
In 1920 Under Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union legalized abortion on request, becoming the first country to do so.
After an abortion a woman will usually experience some temporary side effects which includes period like cramping, bleeding, nausea and even diarrhea.
The cramps will usually last for about 14 days.
The cost for an abortion out of pocket is around $1,500.00 although it may be as low as $500.00 and in some cases you can get an abortion using your health insurance.
The blood after an abortion should not smell any different although it can smell which can be a sign of an infection.
The color of blood after an abortion is usually dark brown and spotty and clots are also common.
The signs of an incomplete abortion include vaginal bleeding, cramping (contractions), cervical dilatation, and incomplete passage of the products of conception.
A woman experiencing incomplete abortion frequently describes passage of clots or pieces of tissue, and reports vaginal bleeding.
The cause of an abortion to fail is most often because some pregnancy tissue remains in your womb.
Incomplete abortion occurs when some pregnancy tissue remains in your womb.
This causes painful symptoms that need medical attention as soon as possible.
It happens more often with a medication abortion (the abortion pill) due to less interaction with a medical professional and user error.
Spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) can occur in as many as 15% of pregnancies, usually in the first trimester.
If untreated, incomplete abortion frequently leads to continued vaginal bleeding and consequent anaemia.
The retained products can also give rise to uterine sepsis.
Abortions do not hurt during the procedure since the doctor will put you under using general anesthesia.
So you'll be asleep during the abortion procedure and should not be aware of the abortion taking place and should not feel any pain.
Most periods will start around 8 weeks after you have the abortion.
An abortion starts a new menstrual cycle, so your period should go back to normal 4-8 weeks after your abortion.
When your next period will come also depends on the birth control method you use.
And if you're not on birth control, you should have your period within 8 weeks after your abortion.
When you have an abortion they do put you under and you'll be asleep during the procedure.
The doctor will give you general anesthesia which will put you to sleep until the abortion is done.
A medical abortion usually takes between 5 to 10 minutes.
Whether you choose the surgical or medication abortion, you'll meet with the doctor for your procedure and medication abortion patients will take one pill in the office and receive additional medicines to take home.
For surgical abortion patients, the actual procedure lasts about 5 to 10 minutes.
Babies are usually aborted through a procedure that uses vacuum and suction although abortions of babies are also done in different ways depending on how far you are into your pregnancy.
Abortions are performed through a few different ways but the most common way abortions are performed is through a suction and vacuum.
Abortions are done through a few different ways depending on how far you are into your pregnancy when the abortion takes place.
However below are the ways that abortion is done.
Manual Vacuum Aspiration: up to 7 weeks after last menstrual period (LMP)
This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until 7 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period.
A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out.
Suction Curettage: between 6 to 14 weeks after LMP
This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods.
Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed.
After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, then connects this tube to a suction machine.
The suction pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus.
The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the “products of conception.”).
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): between 13 to 24 weeks after LMP
This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy.
At this point in pregnancy, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and will not pass through the suction tubing.
In this procedure, the cervix must be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion.
This is done by inserting numerous thin rods made of seaweed a day or two before the abortion.
Once the cervix is stretched open the doctor pulls out the fetal parts with forceps.
The fetus’ skull is crushed to ease removal. A sharp tool (called a curette) is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue.
Dilation and Extraction (D&X) (partial-birth abortion): from 20 weeks after LMP to full-term
This procedure takes three days.
During the first two days, the cervix is stretched open using thin rods made of seaweed, and medication is given for pain.
On the third day, the abortion doctor uses ultrasound to locate the legs of the fetus.
Grasping a leg with forceps, the doctor delivers the fetus up to the head.
Next, scissors are inserted into the base of the skull to create an opening.
A suction catheter is placed into the opening to remove the brain.
The skull collapses and the fetus is removed.
RU486, Mifepristone (Abortion Pill) Within 4 to 7 weeks after LMP
This drug is only approved for use in women up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period.
The procedure usually requires three office visits.
On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo.
Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the embryo.
The last visit is to determine if the procedure has been completed.
RU486 will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy.
This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the embryo lodges outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube.
If an ectopic pregnancy is not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman.
Abortion is illegal in some countries such as Afghanistan.
However abortions are now legal in all USA states but some states do have restrictions on abortions.
An abortion costs between $500.00 to $1,500.00
In some cases you may not have to pay anything out of pocket to have the abortion especially if it's deemed medically necessary for your health and or for the babies health as well.
An abortion can cost anywhere from nothing out of pocket to more than $1,000.00
The price of the abortion you plan to have depends on the type of care and the stage of pregnancy, among other factors.
Abortion care seekers can have additional costs including extra medication, sedation, transportation, lodging, and child care.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the average cost for a first-trimester abortion is in the US is $508.00 (anywhere between $75.00 and $2500.00.
The median cost for a second-trimester abortion is $1,195.00 Later term abortion can cost $3,000.00 or more.