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Aspiration Procedure Myths

 Aspiration Myths

Aspiration is a ‘non-surgical’ procedure different from most abortions done currently.


False – The Aspiration Procedure (actually called Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) is still a surgical procedure. It is almost identical to what most facilities currently call just the abortion procedure (Electrical Vacuum Aspiration) commonly performed at hospitals, clinics and doctors offices. The mechanisms of action and level of vacuum for the two methods are the same. The difference between them is how the equally gentile suction used to remove the pregnancy in each case is produced. Both Electrical Vacuum Aspiration (EVA) and Manual Vacuum Aspiration procedure (MVP)differ significantly from the previously common practice of Dilation and Curettage (D &C). While more invasive and difficult, D&C procedures are still performed in medical practices under special circumstances or when both electricity for Electrical Vacuum Aspiration and MVP equipment is not available.


At Parkmed Physicians our regular first trimester surgical procedure (EVA) does not involve curettage or ‘scraping’. Curettage is performed only in special circumstances and during second trimester abortions or when a sampling of the uterine lining is needed for diagnosis in a patient who is not pregnant.


The Aspiration Procedure (MVP) is recommended over the regular surgical abortion (EVA)when the patient wishes limited anesthesia during her procedure. The equipment for Electrical Vacuum Aspiration makes a whirring sound which for some increases the psychological discomfort of the patient. Manual Vacuum Aspiration is silent which studies have shown allows the patient to relax and experience less psychological discomfort while being conscious for the entire procedure.


The Majority of abortions preformed by doctors, clinics and hospitals are the more abrasive and complicated Dilation and Curettage (D&C) procedure.


False – In the United States, Canada, China, New Zealand, Singapore and other nations 97 % of First Trimester Abortions are preformed using Vacuum Aspiration. In theUnited States when doctor’s offices and clinics offer abortions they are primarily using the Electrical Vacuum Aspiration Procedure (EVA) which does not involve scraping or cutting.


Offices claiming that Manual Aspiration Procedures are a new and completely different type of abortion are misleading the public.


At Parkmed Physicians we wish to give a full and honest explanation of the differences between Manual Vacuum Aspiration, Electrical Vacuum Aspiration and Dilation & Curettage (D&C).


The Aspiration procedure is  safer than the regular abortion procedure.


False – The Manual Vacuum Aspiration Procedure is not safer then the Electrical Vacuum Aspiration Procedure. Long term studies show that Vacuum Aspiration, whether electrically or manually produced, had only 9 patients in 10000 cases having any complications. This is less then one tenth of a percent.



The Aspiration Procedure is a completely new technique only made available recently by more exclusive medical practices.


False – VacuumAspiration (Electrically Powered or Manually Produced) has been the safest and most regularly preformed method of First Trimester Abortion since its invention by Chinese Doctors in 1957.


By the late 1960s and early 1970s training and use of Vacuum Aspiration spread first to Europe and then the United States. There is over 30 years of researchdetailing over 400,000 cases in 50 different studies across more then two dozen countries showing the safety and effectiveness of Aspiration.


These studies show that the aspiration procedure is on average 98 – 99 % effective with a lower the .05% rate of postoperative infection.


The Aspiration Procedure (MVA) is more effective than the Surgical (Electrical Vacuum Aspiration) Abortion Procedure.


False - In studies where both MVA and EVA were used since the mid to late 1980s, the two methods had similar rates of effectiveness. In each case the procedures were 98- 99% effective.


The Aspiration Procedure uses no anesthesia at all.


False: Many offices advertise the Aspiration procedure as not requiring anesthesia. This is inaccurate. The Aspiration procedure is usually done with local anesthesia in order to numb the patient’s cervix when dilated. This helps minimized the cramping patients feel during the procedure. Most women do not require general anesthesia for the aspiration procedure. Studies show that because patients do not have to hear the noise generated by the machine used for Electrical Vacuum Aspiration they are better able to relax during the abortion procedure reducing the psychological experience of discomfort.


At Parkmed Physicians we understand that some women facing an abortion want general anesthesia, but also want the Manual Vacuum Aspiration procedure. At our state of the art facility we are able to provide local, twilight and or general anesthesia for aspiration procedure upon your request.


Abortion is the ONLY use for Manual Vacuum Aspiration procedures.


False – although Manual Vacuum Aspiration has made abortion services accessible this technology is also used for other important medical procedures when the conditions require it. MVP technology is used for menstrual regulation, treatment of incomplete miscarriages, Endometrial Biopsies and as a back up procedure for failed use of the Abortion Pill.



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