Pro-Vac Vs. Mini-Vac Apiration Abortion
There a several types of manual aspiration devices. At New York OB/GYN Associates™ we use the newest state of the art Pro-Vac Aspiration System. When Pro-Vac is compared to the Mini-Vac procedure, Pro-Vac was found to be gentler to the uterine lining causing less bleeding, less discomfort, faster suction and no uterine scarring to the patient. Overall, an Aspiration Abortion
is a safe, gentle, and effective non-surgical procedure that is often considered to be the optimal way to end an early pregnancy. At New York OB/GYN Associates™ we have board certified OB/GYNs who are specially trained in early abortion aspirations and perform the procedure in a time span of 2-5 minutes. The procedure is completed in one of our state of the art medical examination rooms. Aspiration Abortion
uses gentle suction to naturally remove the pregnancy tissue into a handheld device. There are no loud, abrasive noises, and we do not use the dilation and curettage technique (D&C), a surgical technique used at other centers, which may cause significant pain and uterine scarring. One of the greatest aspects of an Aspiration Abortion
is that the recovery time is instantaneous. Women leave our offices and are able to return to their normal activities immediately.
When performing a Pro-Vac Aspiration Abortion your Board Certified OB/GYN will carefully insert a speculum into the vaginal opening, this procedure is similar to a regular pap-smear or gynecological exam. Through the speculum a thin sterile cannula comparable to a straw will be inserted into the natural opening of the cervix. The straw is attached to the handheld Pro-Vac device, which creates a gentle vacuum suction. Pregnancy tissue is gently removed into the device. Because the procedure takes place through a natural opening there are no incisions or “cutting” involved.
Pro-Vac Versus Mini-Vac
Manual Vacuum aspiration (or Mini-vac) is an abortion technique that is gradually becoming widely available in America. It was developed in the 1960's as a technique that could be used in the third world, because it does not require electricity. A hand-held syringe creates a tiny, localized vacuum that removes the pregnancy tissue. Pro-Vac generally creates less discomfort. It is a simple and safe procedure for an early pregnancy of 6 weeks or less. It typically takes less than two minutes. Even though we have Mini-Vac
in our office, for the past five years we have been using the new technology Pro-Vac
. Pro-Vac is a newly advanced system that provides advantages over Mini-Vac. Below we have outlined the difference between the two methods.
|Pro-Vac ||Mini-Vac |
|Pre-programmed gentle pressure ||Pressure must be created by pulling on a handle |
|No tissue is left behind ||Tissue is sometimes left behind |
|No noise ||No noise |
|Can be used on pregnancies up to 13.5 weeks ||Can only be used in very early termination |
|Gentler on the lining of the uterus ||Not as gentle on the lining of the uterus
|The procedure completed much faster than when using Mini-Vac || Procedure takes longer than Pro-Vac |
|Less discomfort ||More discomfort |
The Aspiration Procedure
is considered to be safer than a Surgical Abortion and in some respects simpler than the Abortion Pill/RU-486
. The following are a few characteristics of the aspiration procedure:
- Requires only one visit to the doctors office no routine follow up necessary. Your doctor at New York OB/GYN Associates™ will confirm your termination of pregnancy by having a second sonogram after the procedure.
- The procedure is completed in less than 5 minutes
- Patients feel only a few minutes of tolerable cramping. In New York OB/GYN Associates™ anesthesia is available to completely eliminate any discomfort.
- Bleeding is lighter than a period.
The Aspiration Procedure involves:
- No scraping
- No electrical suction
- No metal instruments
- Immediate recovery