First Trimester Abortion Safety By Week
Abortions that occur early in a pregnancy have a low risk of complication. The risk of complications increases as the pregnancy continues to develop. For example, the risk of an incomplete abortion is 1.6% for a pregnancy of 0-10 weeks, and 3.4% for a pregnancy of 12 weeks. Medical abortion can still be safe for weeks 13 and beyond, but will require different protocols.
What Will You See During An Abortion After 10 Weeks and Before 13 Weeks?
A medical abortion will cause bleeding. This bleeding can be heavier than your normal period and may include clots. In an abortion of a pregnancy of between 10-13 weeks, it’s possible to see something that may be recognizable, or may look like tissue. This is normal and should not alarm you. It is a sign that the abortion is proceeding as expected. As with a heavy period, you can safely dispose of larger blood clots or tissue in the toilet. If you live in a country where abortion or the abortion pills are illegal, make sure you dispose of anything recognizable carefully and discreetly.
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- “Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems.” World Health Organization. https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/70914/;jsessionid=B7AEEBE4F34809D869F73B1ABA7F6221?sequence=1
- “Clinical updates in reproductive health.” Ipas. https://www.ipas.org/resource/clinical-updates-in-reproductive-health/
- “Clinical policy guidelines for abortion care.” National Abortion Federation (NAF). https://5aa1b2xfmfh2e2mk03kk8rsx-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018_CPGs.pdf
- “How do you know if you have an incomplete abortion?” Women on Web. https://www.womenonweb.org/en/page/477/how-do-you-know-if-you-have-an-incomplete-abortion