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Unwanted pregnancy

Pregnancy | Family | Conflicts

A pregnancy that is not planned and above all not wanted represents a crisis situation for many affected women. In such a case, it is advisable to contact a person you trust.

Pregnancy conflict counseling

The recognized cantonal advice centers on pregnancy and sexuality offer free, neutral and, if desired, anonymized advice. The counseling is carried out by specialists trained in counseling on conflict pregnancies. In a confidential discussion, it can be determined whether a pregnancy to term is still an option or whether there is an emergency that justifies an abortion (abortion, interruption). Since the introduction of the deadline regulation, every woman can decide for herself up to the completed 12th week of pregnancy whether she wants to carry the pregnancy to term or not. However, the law requires that the emergency be confirmed in writing. Later you will need a correspondingly detailed medical report.

IMPORTANT: After an abortion, the protection against dismissal no longer applies to expectant mothers. Unless you get sick due to the abortion.

What is done in the event of an abortion?

There are three methods of termination available, depending on the point in time or the age of pregnancy: Up to the 7th week (= 49 days from the 1st day of the last period or according to the corresponding ultrasound measurement), it can be terminated with medication. Up to the 12th week, a pregnancy can also be surgically terminated using suction. If the pregnancy is more advanced, the termination takes place by induction of labor, which is usually only carried out in the case of severe malformations in the child (determined by prenatal diagnosis or ultrasound diagnosis). In principle, the earlier an abortion occurs, the lower the physical complications and emotional consequences.

An uncomplicated termination leaves no traces, can no longer be detected by anyone later and has no negative effects on any body function, especially not on fertility. The next ovulation occurs after just two to three weeks and the woman can become pregnant again.

If the abortion is carried out in a specialized practice or in a clinic under good conditions, complications such as injury to the uterus, excessive bleeding or inflammation are very rare (less than 1% of cases). If heavy bleeding, pain, fever over 38.5 ° C or bad smelling discharge occurs, you should consult a doctor or an emergency room at the hospital. If an inflammation is not cured quickly and completely, the fallopian tubes can stick or stick together, which affects later fertility.

Medicinal method with mifepristone (Mifegyne, RU486): Mifepristone is an antiprogesterone (active ingredient against the pregnancy hormone progesterone) that disrupts the implantation of the fruit or causes it to be expelled. Three Mifegyne® tablets must be taken on day 1. In order for the embryo to be expelled - as in a natural miscarriage - 2 tablets of a prostaglandin such as misoprostol (e.g. Cytotec®) must be taken 48 hours later. Prostaglandin causes contractions of the uterus and thus the loss of the womb. It is important to take the prostaglandin, even if bleeding occurs after taking mifepristone, because otherwise there is a risk that the pregnancy will only be partially expelled. After the abortion, vaginal bleeding continues for up to 14 days, similar to a prolonged period. Ultrasound is used to check whether everything has actually been completely expelled. In rare cases (<5%), scraping (scraping, curettage) is necessary in order to remove the remaining parts from the uterine cavity. A method that is less frequently used is the administration of misoprostol alone or in conjunction with methotrexate.

Operative method: The suction method involves gently widening the cervical canal so that a thin suction tube can be inserted into the uterus. As a rule, the procedure is performed painlessly under a short or local anesthetic. If it turns out that the uterus has not been completely emptied, a second procedure (curettage) may be necessary to completely remove tissue remnants. The procedure only takes a few minutes. Then an agent is injected that contracts the uterus again, stops the bleeding and prevents infections. Most women can go home after an hour.

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Consequences of an abortion | 15.08.2020

A termination of pregnancy does not seem to be without consequences for the outcome of subsequent pregnancies, even with good medical care. However, the week of pregnancy in which the termination is made is decisive for the risk, as a Finnish study has now found out. The data of 418,690 primiparous women who were listed in the Finnish birth register between 1996 and 2013 were compared with the data in the abortion register. In women with a late termination after the 12th week of gestation, more subsequent pregnancies followed an unfavorable course than in women without or with an early termination. The risk of extremely premature birth was more than twice as high as after an early termination. The probability of a significantly too low birth weight was a good 60% higher. An early termination of pregnancy before the 12th week of pregnancy, on the other hand, seems to have largely no consequences for subsequent pregnancies or to carry only a minimal risk.

Unplanned pregnancy | 17.08.2018

Almost 100 million women worldwide become unintentionally pregnant every year. A recently published study indicates the proportion of unwanted pregnancies in all pregnancies at 44%. It is astonishing that developing countries hardly differ from industrial nations in this respect. More than half of unwanted pregnancies are terminated prematurely. In countries where abortions are strictly forbidden or only allowed if the mother's life is in danger, the proportion of abortions is 48%, in countries without bans it is 69%. Unwanted pregnancies are not only of medical interest because illegal abortions often endanger women's health. The children born also have disadvantages, among other things because the mothers breastfeed their unwanted children less often and are less conscientious about the check-ups.

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Baby window in Olten: The third baby window in Switzerland will open on June 1, 2013 in the Olten Cantonal Hospital. There, mothers in need have the opportunity to hand in their newborns anonymously. Similar facilities already exist in Einsiedeln and Davos. According to the Solothurn government, the choice fell on the Olten Cantonal Hospital because this location has good connections to national public transport. In addition, it is very easy to get to the train station. Behind the third Swiss baby hatch are the Solothurner Spitäler AG and the Swiss Aid Foundation for Mother and Child. www.babyfenster.ch (swissmom newsletter, May 31, 2013)

Confidential birth instead of baby hatch: In Switzerland there are three "baby flaps" into which desperate mothers can anonymously hand in their newborns, and more are to be created. From a legal point of view, however, the baby windows are tricky, because a child has the right to know their parentage and must be reported to the authorities within a few days. So the eight mothers who have made use of anonymous birth since 2001 are officially wanted - which completely contradicts the original idea. Politicians now see an alternative in the confidential birth in the hospital under extensive data protection, in which the child can later find out its origin. (swissmom news ticker, August 26, 2013)

Record low in abortions: The latest report from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO): The number of abortions in Switzerland fell in 2013 as well, and more so than ever to 10,444 - in 2012 it was 10,907. About a third was surgically, two thirds with medication. 95% of the terminations occurred within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Since the time limit regulation was introduced in Switzerland on October 1, 2002, termination within this period is not punishable if the pregnant woman claims an emergency and requests an intervention in writing. A later termination is only permitted if the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman. (swissmom news ticker, 16.6.14)

Every third pregnancy unplanned: The German Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) presented a report on family planning. According to this, 63 percent of the women surveyed say that there is never the right time for a child. Every third pregnancy occurred unintentionally in the women surveyed. Despite good contraception, unplanned pregnancies cannot be completely avoided. The younger the women and the less binding the partnership, the more often birth control pills and / or condoms are used. Almost half of the women who no longer want a child choose the IUD or sterilization. More than every second unwanted pregnancy was carried to term. The most common reasons for dropping out are unstable partnerships and financial and professional insecurity. (swissmom news ticker, December 8th, 2014)

Last updated: 21-08-19, BH