Termination of pregnancy: The facts

First, what is termination of pregnancy (abortion)?

Termination of pregnancy, or abortion, is the ending of a pregnancy by removing a fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. Terminating your pregnancy is your legal right if you are over 12 years old. By law, abortions can be done until 20 weeks into the pregnancy in South Africa. In exceptional circumstances where the pregnancy is life threatening to the expectant woman it can be done after 20 weeks.

There are two types of safe abortion procedures:

* Medical Procedure (often called the abortion pill): The pill can only be used to terminate a pregnancy during the first 10 weeks after your last menstrual period. This can be done by a doctor, a registered nurse or midwife. Once you have taken the pill, a gentle suction method will be used to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. This is a very quick and simple procedure that takes less than 5 minutes.

* Surgical Procedure (a minor same-day surgical procedure): This is done if your pregnancy is over 10 weeks. This is a surgical procedure where the pregnancy is removed through your vagina. It is performed by a doctor. The procedure takes 10 to 20 minutes. You’ll rest for 30 minutes to an hour after that while your health care providers make sure you are well.

If you’re thinking about having a termination of pregnancy (abortion), you’re not alone. Different people have their own reasons for having an abortion. The reasons may include:

* They’re not ready to be a parent yet.

* They do not want children, or they are not ready for children, financially or emotionally.

* They want to finish school, focus on work, or achieve other goals before having a baby.

* They’re not in a relationship with someone they want to have a baby with.

* They’re in an abusive relationship or were sexually assaulted.

If you choose to have an abortion, make sure you choose a safe and legal provider, as there are many places providing unsafe, ‘backstreet’ abortions that can put you in danger. Most hospitals and some clinics have termination of pregnancy services. To find a clinic near you, click here. If the clinic near you does not offer these services, they will refer you to a hospital that does.


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B-Wise User Cressy 15 January 2019 15:22

What are the consequences or C-TOP and offen can one make it( any sight effects)

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