Abortion?

  • The Morning After Pill

    The morning-after pill is a form of emergency contraceptive, which is also called Plan B One-Step®. Emergency contraception is any type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. a broken condom) to attempt to prevent pregnancy. Your body and your health are important, so take time to make the best decision. Give us a call for a confidential discussion about your options. Many ...
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  • Medical Abortion:

    Methotrexate and Vaginal or Oral Misoprostol In Canada, methotrexate and misoprostol are used together for medical abortion up to 49 days of pregnancy. Methotrexate breaks down the cell layer that attaches the embryo to the wall of the uterus, depriving the embryo of essential nutrients and resulting in its death. Misoprostol is a synthetic prostaglandin that causes the cervix to soften and dilate, and the uterus to contract and expe...
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  • Misoprostol

    Misoprostol is a synthetic prostaglandin that causes the cervix to soften and dilate, and the uterus to contract and expel the embryo or fetus. Misoprostol is used vaginally in abortions up to 56 days since the first day of the last menstrual period. When used alone, Misoprostol causes complete abortion in 22-94% of cases. Early side effects are worse with this method than with other methods of medical abortion, and include pain, d...
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  • Mifepristone and Misoprostol

    Mifepristone, also known as RU-486 or the ‘abortion pill’, used together with misoprostol is the most commonly used medical abortion combination worldwide. In 2001, the only Canadian trial of Mifepristone was stopped after the death of a woman from toxic shock brought on by a bacterial infection related to her abortion; similar deaths were recorded elsewhere. In 2015, RU-486 was legalized in Canada. Mifepristone causes abortion b...
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  • Surgical Abortion:

    Suction Aspiration (Surgical Aspiration, Vacuum Abortion, Suction Dilation and Curettage D&C) Suction aspiration was the method used for approximately 90% of all abortions reported in Canada in 2004, and is generally used between six and 14 weeks of pregnancy. Suction curettage can be done under general anesthetic, but is usually done in a clinic or hospital with local anesthetic injected into the cervix to control pain.&...
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  • Menstrual Aspiration

    Menstrual Aspiration (menstrual extraction, manual aspiration) In 2004, less than 1% of abortions reported in Canada used this method.  Before abortion was legalized, the term ‘menstrual extraction’ was used to disguise the performance of an early suction abortion up to seven weeks’ gestation, sometimes even before a pregnancy was confirmed.  The term is misleading, since either the embryo (if the woman is pregnant)...
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  • Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

    Dilation and Extraction (D&X) (intact D&E, partial birth abortion) There are no laws in Canada restricting abortion.  Since abortion reporting and recording is inconsistent and incomplete across Canada, it is not known if, or how many, abortions occur by this method in Canada each year. D&X abortion is a variation of the D&E method, and is used after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.  Laminaria treatment over sev...
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  • ​Dilation and Extraction (D&X)

    There are no laws in Canada restricting abortion.  Since abortion reporting and recording is inconsistent and incomplete across Canada, it is not known if, or how many, abortions occur by this method in Canada each year. D&X abortion is a variation of the D&E method, and is used after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.  Laminaria treatment over several days causes wide cervical dilation.  The abortionist, guided by ult...
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  • Hysterotomy and Hysterectomy

    Hysterotomy and Hysterectomy  Hysterotomy refers to a caesarean delivery as an abortion method.  The woman’s abdomen and uterus are opened surgically.  The fetus is lifted out, the placenta is delivered and the umbilical cord is clamped.  If no chemical has been injected to kill the fetus prior to this point, the fetus is often still alive.  Hysterotomy is sometimes used in situations where there is a uterine ...
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