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Pregnancy 5 weeks: Changes in your body:
If you are 5 weeks pregnant, you may have just missed your monthly periods. Taking a home pregnancy test is the first thing that you might have done by now. And since you are reading this post, most likely your test was positive.
So, what are you experiencing right now? Well, the biggest thing is the decision whether to keep the pregnancy or not. And it’s absolutely your choice.
At the same time, your body too may be undergoing several changes.
Some of the changes may include:
- Morning sickness that refers to nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. Although the name is morning sickness, you may experience it anytime during the day. Every woman and every pregnancy is different and the bodies too react differently.
- Breast tenderness and slight enlargement in the breast size.
- Frequent urination.
- The common cold is experienced by some women in early pregnancy.
- Fatigue and weakness.
- Mood swings.
- Slight pelvic pain.
These changes are due to an increase in the pregnancy hormone, Progesterone and also the rise in the level of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG).
Many women may even confuse some of the early pregnancy symptoms with that of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) ones. And they may even miss another week before they take a pregnancy test expecting the period to arrive soon.
If you are also experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, it is time to make your gynecologist appointment at the earliest. And this should be your next step regardless of your choice to keep the pregnancy or terminate it. In both cases, it is significant to take the doctor’s opinion before proceeding ahead. This is essential both for the safety of your health and life. So, do not delay.
Your consultation appointment:
Bangalore Genesis Hospital (BGH) offers a confidential consultation for expecting mothers. The doctor can thoroughly evaluate the patient’s medical condition and help her walk through her available options. The one-on-one consultation with the doctor will help you gain in-depth information based on your specific situation. You will have to undergo an ultrasound. The doctor may ask for any other test if required based on your medical specifics. This will help the doctor learn your exact pregnancy length and its location.
Your further options depend largely on these two things. The doctor at BGH will help in making a non-biased, non-judgmental decision with her medical opinion. It is always better to have a neutral opinion when you are to decide on something relevant to your health and life.
Abortion at 5 weeks: The decision-making
Decision-making is indeed one of the most difficult things. And yet we have to decide on things every day regarding some or other thing. However, when speaking about a health-related topic, it is always a good thing to talk to healthcare experts. They can help you decide what’s best for your health.
Keeping a pregnancy or choosing to terminate it is a decision that you have to make either independently or with your partner. The ultimate decision rests on you. A woman has to undergo several considerations like marriage, professional life, financial position and multiple others before she arrives at a final decision. And it’s pretty good to weigh down all pros and cons of having a child or postponing it.
Most women seeking abortion have already decided to terminate the pregnancy early. And it does make sense to do so because the earlier you are, the lesser are the complications. Moreover, the pregnancy tissue is so small that it is hard to ascertain whether it is a viable pregnancy or not. Therefore, it’s easier for women to move on emotionally as well. Moreover, friendly doctors are there to hear you out and help you in the best possible manner.
Abortion decision by unmarried women:
Many unmarried women are also sure of getting an abortion for an unwanted pregnancy. And Indian abortion law permits them to make this choice as an early decision.
You can find out about the legality of abortion in Bangalore at the following link: Is abortion legal in Bangalore: What do you need to know?
However, knowing little or nothing about the legal aspects puts them into stressful situations. And they fall in for unsafe abortion methods such as buying abortion pills. This has already put many lives in danger. And many others have even paid the cost of abortion with their lives.
Not only unmarried women but married women too fall into this trap multiple times. Most of them fear the stigma they may have to face for seeking an abortion. Many women hesitate in reaching out to doctors for safe abortions thinking of what the doctor will think. Some others think that doctors or nurses may behave toward them differently for seeking an abortion. The fear also stems from the feeling of being judged for a premarital sexual relationship.
We don’t say that these fears are not genuine. But at least they are not guiding a patient into the right decision-making process. Besides, you can always choose to visit the best abortion hospital where you can get a safe, legal, confidential as well as a non-judgmental abortion.
Therefore, it is advisable not to self-diagnose or self-medicate. Always visit a registered abortion clinic near you to seek a safe abortion.
In the coming section, we will discuss the risks that you may face during a 5-weeks pregnancy with unsafe abortion.
Risks with an unsafe abortion at 5-week pregnancy:
The first thing you need to know is that all abortion risks are preventable. And that’s possible if you choose to visit the right abortion hospital and on time to obtain a safe abortion. The risks that come with abortions are usually the ones with unsafe abortions.
When a pregnancy test turns out to be positive for an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, it triggers several emotions. And it is absolutely normal. However, it is important to look into your best available options even if you are looking forward to the early termination of the pregnancy.
5-weeks is quite early and a woman may think of buying an MTP kit such as an Unwanted kit. She may think of it as the best thing to take in abortion pills and make way with the unplanned pregnancy. However, it’s not true. Abortion pills do not work the same way as expected every single time.
Each woman is different and different pregnancies happening to the same woman are also different. But it is not advisable to self-administer abortion pills due to the following risks it can pose you.
#1. Risk of ectopic pregnancy:
Have you ever heard of or experienced an ectopic pregnancy before? It poses a life-threatening risk if the patient takes abortion pills to end a pregnancy at 5 weeks which is ectopic. Ectopic pregnancies are faulty pregnancies where the embryo implants itself in a faulty location rather than the desired location, the uterus.
Such faulty pregnancies are non-viable and need to be immediately removed from the body. Unless an ectopic pregnancy is removed, it may continue to grow wherever it is and may rupture. Since no other part of the reproductive system or the human body can sustain a live pregnancy, any pregnancy growing at a different location is ectopic.
The rupture of the embryo can lead to internal bleeding and hemorrhage. The patient can go into syncope. Immediate surgery is essential to save the patient’s life. During the surgery, the ruptured pregnancy tissue is removed. In case the ectopic pregnancy happens to have ruptured within the fallopian tube, that side of the tube and attached ovary may also have to be removed. These are physiologically essential for female fertility. Therefore, a woman who has undergone such surgery may face difficulties in conceiving in the future. Therefore, even if the patient’s life is saved, she may have to bear the loss of partial to complete fertility.
In case the patient takes abortion pills for an ectopic pregnancy, abortion will not take place at all. The embryo may keep growing and rupture. This is because the abortion tablets Mifepristone and Misoprostol work only in terminating intrauterine pregnancies.
How is it preventable?
As told you earlier also, almost all pregnancy risks are preventable with a proper diagnosis and treatment. In these cases also, if the patient does not self-medicate and chooses to visit the gynecologist, the complications are preventable.
When a patient as early as 5-weeks pregnant visits a gynecologist, the doctor first asks for an ultrasound. This ultrasound is to ascertain two things. The first is to rule out the possibility of ectopic pregnancy and the second is to ascertain the pregnancy length.
In a case the pregnancy is found to be ectopic, it is very early since the embryo size is very small at this age. The doctor can then immediately advise the treatment based on her specifics.
It is also possible to treat ectopic pregnancy at an early stage with medicines. Surgery may not be required at all. And the patient’s life and fertility both can be saved with an early diagnosis and treatment.
So, if you have just discovered that you are pregnant, schedule an early appointment.
#2. Risk of incomplete abortion:
This risk is the most common risk with abortion pills where the pregnancy is intrauterine. The risk can be of a completely failed abortion or an incomplete abortion. Failed abortion refers to the abortion pills not having worked at all. The embryo continues to grow. Although the chances of a failed abortion are rare, that of incomplete abortion is quite high.
An incomplete abortion refers to the incomplete removal of the pregnancy products after an abortion procedure. Abortion pills are not more than 95% efficacious. So, there are always some chances of incomplete abortion. Moreover, with the self-administration of abortion pills, the patient may not consider several factors that can impair the functioning of abortion pills.
Therefore, one should always consult a registered medical practitioner before taking abortion pills. There are considerations like the dose adjustment, the gap between the two different types of pills, mode of administration, etc. Only a doctor can ascertain the best for the patient. Besides, several patient-specific factors can result in an incomplete abortion. For instance if the patient is taking any medicine(s) for any other medical condition that can interfere with the working of the abortion pills.
And do you know that you will have to undergo surgery to get your abortion complete in a case of incomplete abortion? And until then, you may face abdominal cramps, pain, fever and bleeding that can range from mild to heavy.
How is it preventable?
Yes, incomplete abortion is preventable by better abortion methods like Gentle Care suction abortion. It is more efficient than abortion pills. Moreover, rather than self-administration, consulting the gynecologist before taking abortion pills can also prevent this complication. This is because the doctor will evaluate the patient’s condition. And only if it may seem fit, he/she will prescribe her the abortion pills.
Gentle Care suction abortion is a non-invasive abortion method available at Bangalore Genesis Hospital. It is a quick, short and painless procedure that gets completed in less than 5 minutes. The patient can return home the same day with a complete abortion.
#3. Risk of heavy bleeding:
Abortion pills induce natural miscarriage of intrauterine pregnancies. Since the method involves abdominal cramps and the pregnancy tissue passes out through the natural route, bleeding may range from moderate to heavy.
Sometimes, some patients are not able to bear heavy blood loss such as anemic patients. They may even get unconscious and require a blood transfusion.
How is it preventable?
Again, you can undergo a Gentle Care suction abortion to terminate a 5-week pregnancy.
Abortion pills do result in bleeding accompanied by pain. However, the intensity of pain felt by each woman differs from any other woman. Before taking abortion pills, it is hard to tell who will bleed more. However, the doctors do ascertain this before prescribing abortion pills. Some women suffering from medical conditions or who are taking some medicines like blood thinners are at a greater risk of heavier bleeding.
Doctors usually prescribe vacuum aspiration abortion to such women.
Similarly, there are other associated risks like severe pain needing pain management, infections with or without fever, etc. But, usually, most of the risks with abortion are preventable with a timely diagnosis, precautions and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC).
Gentle Care suction abortion at 5-week pregnancy:
Gentle Care suction abortion: What it is?
It is a specially curated abortion technique by the Bangalore Genesis Hospital (BGH). The procedure comprises suction abortion which the doctors recommend for terminating first-trimester pregnancies.
Since we are talking about a 5-weeks pregnancy in this post, all women undergoing Abortion in Bangalore at 5 Weeks carrying intrauterine pregnancies are eligible for Gentle Care suction abortion. Women who do not qualify for abortion pills are also eligible for Gentle Care suction abortion.
Gentle Care suction abortion: How is it done?
Gentle Care suction abortion is done by the vacuum aspiration method. It is a non-invasive procedure. During the pre-abortion consultation, the doctor explains the procedure to the patient in her understandable language. The entire procedure and what to expect are detailed to the patient. Once she is ready, the nurse helps her to settle down in a private examination room for the doctor to perform the abortion.
The nurse cleans the cervix region to prevent any infections. She also numbs it to make the procedure comfortable and painless for the patient. Then, the doctor gently inserts a soft, flexible and thin tube inside the womb through the cervix. This tube is connected to a collection bottle and an aspirator.
At BGH, the doctor uses a manual aspirator. This helps her to control the pressure for collecting the pregnancy tissue and makes the procedure gentle.
When the tube is in place, the doctor turns on the aspirator which creates a suction pressure. This suction sucks the embryo and all the pregnancy tissue, all of which collect in the attached side bottle. The doctor examines the collected contents to check if the abortion is complete. Once she is certain of a completed abortion, she gently removes the tube.
Then, the nurse helps the patient to relax comfortably. She helps the patient get dressed and helps her rest in her private room.
Gentle Care suction abortion: How long does it take?
The entire procedure takes less than 3-5 minutes. At 5 weeks of pregnancy, the embryo size is very tiny, not more than the size of a small poppy seed. It gets easily evacuated. Even the placenta has not developed. So, there is no placental tissue. Only the gestation sac made of little tissue attaches to the uterine wall. It also gets removed with the embryo during the suction. Hence, a Gentle Care suction abortion is nearly 100% efficient. The patient can get her abortion completed within the clinic.
Gentle Care suction abortion is quite painless and hence no sedation is necessary. However, some women are quite apprehensive about the pain of abortion. BGH offers the procedure under anesthesia for such patients to make it absolutely painless. This helps in lowering the anxiety of the patient. However, it is absolutely the patient’s choice.
With a Gentle Care suction abortion, there is no need for overnight hospitalization. The patient can rest for some time until she feels sufficiently rested. She can eat and drink normally both before and after the abortion. Many patients have some post-abortion snacks and beverages ordered from their favorite outlets from food delivery partners like Swiggy and Zomato.
Then, they can happily return home with a completed abortion soon after. Many patients take discharge within half-hour post-abortion. They receive complete post-abortion recovery guidance before they take discharge. This helps them in healing early and better. In case of any guidance required, they can directly speak to the doctor over the hospital’s helpline number.
Gentle Care suction abortion: Benefits over abortion pills:
There are several benefits of Gentle Care suction abortion over abortion pills. Some of them are summed up in brief below:
Gentle Care suction abortion is more efficient than abortion pills. Abortion pills are nearly 95% efficient whereas, Gentle Care suction abortion is nearly 100% efficient. This means that there are chances for the pregnancy tissue to remain in the womb with abortion pills. Whereas, with Gentle Care suction abortion, the chances of incomplete abortion are nearly zero.
The patient can return home with the confidence of a completed abortion. She has not have to worry about incomplete abortion or getting an incomplete abortion completed surgically.
Abortion pills cause a natural miscarriage. The first abortion pill is Mifepristone which stops the embryo from further growing. It is an anti-progestin and blocks the action of the pregnancy hormone, Progesterone which is essential for pregnancy progress.
Another pill, Misoprostol is an abortifacient. It sets in contractions in the uterine wall. These contractions are similar to what women experience during their menstrual periods. However, the pain of the cramps caused by abortion pills is more as claimed by most women who have taken abortion pills in the past.
It is the result of these contractions that the embryo and pregnancy tissue expels from the womb naturally like menstrual flow.
Compared to abortion pills, Gentle Care suction abortion is painless.
Since abortion pills cause expulsion through the natural vaginal route, all the uterine lining and pregnancy tissue expels with moderate to heavy bleeding. Some patients may even experience very heavy bleeding. This starts after taking Misoprostol.
Most heavy bleeding usually lasts between 4-6 hours and gradually subsides. But it may take up to a week for the bleeding to stop entirely in case of incomplete abortion. Some women may take it even longer. In a case of an incomplete abortion, the bleeding usually does not stop altogether. It varies in intensity from slight spotting to heavy bleeding for days and weeks.
Whereas, with Gentle Care suction abortion, most of the womb cleaning is done within the clinic. So, the patients do not experience much post-abortion bleeding. Some women bleed only for a few minutes or hours. But the intensity of bleeding is very less. Most of the women do not bleed beyond 1-2 days.
With abortion pills, the patient has to wait to be sure of a complete abortion until the bleeding stops entirely. Whereas, with a Gentle Care suction abortion, the patient knows that she is no longer pregnant before leaving the hospital premises.
With abortion pills, the pregnancy symptoms subside gradually. And the patient may still feel nauseous, have tender breasts, and pelvic pain for a week long. Whereas, with Gentle Care suction abortion, the pregnancy symptoms wean away quickly.
Resume to normal activities:
With abortion pills, there is heavy bleeding and pain which can put a patient in discomfort for hours and even days. She may find it difficult to return to her normal routine for a few days until the abortion is complete, the pain has worn down and she no longer feels fatigued.
Whereas, with a Gentle Care suction abortion, the patient feels normal within 15 minutes. She can rest for as long as she may like. Overnight rest is recommended to help the patient heal both physically as well as emotionally. She can return to her routine the next day itself. Many patients return to their working life and back to offices the following day after Gentle Care suction abortion.
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Owing to the benefits of Gentle Care suction abortion, the slots for abortion are usually pre-booked. To maintain the privacy and confidentiality of each patient, the hospital does not admit more than 2 patients at a time. And slots remain booked for quite a week. Any delay in seeking an appointment can turn your pregnancy from 5 weeks to 6 weeks. Besides, in a case such as that of an ectopic pregnancy, a delay is not a good option. So, do not delay. Inquire about the earliest slot today.
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