If, for health reasons, it is determined by a healthcare provider that you cannot carry the pregnancy to full term without endangering your own health or life, seek advice from a healthcare provider concerning options available to you.
WHAT IS ABORTION?
After consulting your healthcare provider, if there is no other safe option, then you may decide to end the pregnancy. This is also known as having an abortion. An abortion is when a pregnancy is ended so that it does not result in the birth of a child. Learn more about the abortion policy in Nigeria.
It is important for you to speak to a counsellor, a trusted friend/adult and/or a healthcare provider before and after the abortion about how to cope with abortion. Do not bottle up your feelings.
THE ABORTION PROCEDURE & TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY
Abortion is safe and serious complications are rare - if done in a medical facility with trained healthcare providers. Abortions performed later in pregnancy may be more complicated but are still safe. There are different types of abortion including:
- Medication Abortion: also referred to as abortion with pills. This method involves taking medicines to end a pregnancy.
- Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion. This method involves a healthcare provider using medical instruments in your vagina and uterus to remove the pregnancy
- Dilatation and Curettage (D&C). This is a brief surgical procedure in which the cervix is widened and a special instrument is used to scrape the uterine lining. This method is becoming unpopular in Nigeria and may not be offered as an option by most healthcare providers.
If you decide to terminate your pregnancy, a healthcare provider may talk with you about different methods to do so. You may be offered the option to have a medical procedure, or take a pill. Talk to your healthcare provider about post abortion care or a counsellor if you have emotional problems or you feel bad or guilty after the abortion. Talk to a trusted healthcare provider at a health centre near you.
After Abortion Care
If you have tried to carry out an abortion by yourself without medical help, get post abortion care now.
Nigerian Laws on Abortion
Learn about the situations in which it is legal to get an abortion in Nigeria.