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11 Jan 2003

Medical abortion
What is the difference between a medical and a surgical abortion, and is one better than the other?
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01 Jan 0001

A woman might choose medical abortion over surgical abortion because:

* It can be used in the earliest weeks following fertilization;
* It requires no invasive procedure or surgery;
* It requires no anaesthesia;
* Side effects other than bleeding tend to be short-lived;
* It does not carry risk of uterine perforation or injury to the cervix;
* It has the potential for greater privacy;
* Some women feel it gives them greater control over their bodies.

Why would a woman choose surgical abortion over medical abortion?
A woman might choose surgical abortion over medical abortion because:

* It requires one fewer office visit;
* It is performed quickly;
* It is slightly more effective than medical abortion, where five of every 100 women require surgical abortion;
* The woman notices less blood loss and is unaware of the passing of the products of conception.

TOP has been legal in South Africa since Feb 1997. Make sure to choose a service provider that will do pre and post TOP counselling.
Good luck
Dr Elna McIntosh
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