On the table below you can see a summary of the differences between medical an surgical abortion, which helps you to compare the methods and to make your personal decision.
How to choose between medical an surgical abortion?
|Method||Surgical abortion||Medical abortion|
|Done by:||An experienced doctor (the doctor carries the responsibility)||The patient, who takes the tablet independentely (more responsibilty for the patient, also more confrontation)|
|Duration||A couple of minutes||
1st day: Mifegyne
3rd day: Prostaglandin
Expulsion usually happens without bein noticed (additional surgery is needed in 2% of the cases)
|Additional medication||Local or general anaesthesia||Possibly painkillers|
|bleeding||weak||Usually a bit stronger and longer lasting than menstruation|
|complications||very rare: injury of the uterus, infections, incidents during anaesthesia||Very rare|
|Side effects||Possibly nausea after surgery||Cramplike pain, nausea, rarely: vomiting, diarrhea|
|Effects on fertility||possible but extremely rare in case of complications||none observed|
|when can it be done||as soon as a pregnancy test is positiv until the 14th week of pregnancy||approved for early abortion as soon as a positve pregnancy test until the 63rd day (9th week), but effective throughout pregnancy|
|Advantages||Procedure is very fast and complications are very rare||Can be performed very early, no anaesthesia needed, the patient does not hand over the control over her body|
|Disadvantages||Only possible from the 6th week of pregnancy onwards, the patient surrenders the control over her body, anaesthesia may be needed||the patient needs some time, the treatment takes a couple of days , stronger bleeding, possibly pain|