Choosing Between surgical and medical abortion
Women who choose medical abortions often do so because they prefer to abort in the privacy of their own home with a partner or friend and because they feel it is less invasive and more natural. Some women say they feel more in control during the process.
Medical abortions are like natural miscarriages and usually take longer and there is usually more bleeding and cramps than a surgical abortion.
Most women in Canada have surgical instead of medical abortions. The main reason is that surgical abortion is much more widely available than medical. They may also want to know that the procedure is completed right away.
Also, some women are worried about how long it will take, some are nervous about side effects of the medications and some women want the reassurance of having medical professionals in the room with them when the abortion takes place.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR: DR ELLEN WIEBE