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hi there my friend has just found out that she is 14weeks pregnant she has never had a child before, and is in an abusive relationship (keep in mind she says she only found out last week at 13 weeks ) she lives in nsw, and was told it is still possible for her to have an abortion as she does not want to keep the baby in her situation; her boyfriend is abusive, and she is only 19.i could not offer any advice as i have never had a termination, but told her about the wonderful ladies around the hub and am hoping to get some advice for her; her questions are, is it still possible to have a termination so late in pregnancy, how is the procedure done, (she did google it and said that was too many anti abortion links etc) and roughly with a HCC and medicare card what estimate cost would be. Thanks in advance ladies :) any advice would be greatly apprieciated i think she is really worried about it all and being interstate from her is kinda hard to tell how she is coping :confused:
I dont know too much on abortion.. But from a friend i was talking to they said her doctor told her that they do it within 1-12 week mark.. But her doctor is going to do it up untill she is 14 weeks. I think the best advice is for her to speak to her GP about it!
It is possible to have an abortion at any time until you are 14 weeks pregnant. From 14 weeks it is up to the doctors discression if he is to do it or not. I think that you would have to have an exceptional circumstance for the doctor to agree to a termination at this stage.
I know is SA that abortions are free but there is a fee in other states. After 14 weeks the fee increases dramatically up to $1100 in some states, although some is covered my medicare.
For terminations later on in a pregnancy, different procedures may be used compared to a first trimester abortion.
Some pregnancies up to 17 weeks may still have a one-day procedure depending on the individual woman and the clinic she goes to. A medication called Misoprostol is given to the woman before she proceeds to theatre. This drug allows the cervix to soften and is therefore helping to protect the cervix during the manual dilatation.
Serial Dilation and Vacuum Evacuation/Extraction
The Serial Dilation and Evacuation/Extraction procedure involves the gradual opening of the cervix over two or three days. It is the gradual nature of the procedure that makes this operation very safe.
Each morning in theatre after the woman is heavily sedated the cervix will be manually dilated by using special rods (varying in size), after which a number of “passive dilators” are inserted into the cervix. These dilators absorb fluid from the cervical cells. Insertion of the passive dilators takes approximately 10 minutes. Once the passive dilators have been inserted into the cervix, they gradually begin to swell. They swell by drawing moisture from the cells in the cervix. As a result the cervical tissue is softened, the cervical cells begin to flatten and the cervical canal starts to dilate. After the insertion the vagina is packed with antiseptic soaked gauze. The woman may also be given some medication (by mouth) to assist with the softening and flattening of the cervix.
Dilation of the cervix will continue until the cervix has opened wide enough to allow for the removal of the pregnancy. The doctor will measure this opening during the procedures. Toward the end of the procedure and before proceeding to theatre, the doctor may administer Misoprostol, which is medication that softens the cervix and allows for greater flexibility, thus helping to protect the cervix from any trauma which might otherwise be caused during manual dilation.
Once the pregnancy has been removed using forceps the doctor will perform a suction curettage which empties the uterus completely. This procedure takes 5 minutes. Following the procedure the woman will spend time in recovery and will be given post-operative instructions prior to leaving the clinic.
Differences between a 1st and 2nd trimester abortion
Some differences between a 1st and 2nd trimester procedure involve the procedure technique, the time spent at the clinic and cost of the procedure. The procedure technique with an abortion later on in the pregnancy is often taken over more than one day, whereas a first trimester procedure will be completed within a one-day time frame and requires the woman to spend about 4 to 5 hours at the clinic.
The cost of an abortion increases gradually after 12 weeks with a steeper rise in cost after 14 weeks’ gestation when the procedure is no longer attracting a Medicare rebate.
A termination at 16 weeks’ gestation may cost as much as $1100. At 19 weeks the cost can range from $1100 to $3000.
Other issues to be aware of with a termination later on in the pregnancy include the necessity to stay fairly close to the clinic. It is also very important to be very sure of your decision before the doctor starts the dilation procedure. Changing your mind after the doctor has started this procedure has serious implications for the pregnancy and may also jeopardise your health.
Follow the link below to read about the procedure. By following the link you will miss all the anti abortion websites.
Hope this helps
ty gals for this info ill be sure to pass this on :flowerz:
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