At a personal level i don’t support abortion.However am going to discuss methods one can consider when in need of safe abortion.
First it is very important to know that Abortion is out-lawed in Kenya.
Constitution of Kenya (2010), Article 26(4)
Article 26(4). Right to Life
Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.
It is very hard to get this service in public or private hospitals.However you may have a few options on how to do the procedure.
1.Use of pills.(misoprostol, cytotec)
The best and safest way a woman can do an abortion herself until the 12th week of pregnancy is through the use of misoprostol also known as cytotec pills or Mifepristone. In a country where there is no access to safe abortion services and you would like to obtain a medical abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, please go to Women on Web (www.womenonweb.org).
Using Misoprostol (or Cytotec) alone to cause an abortion will be successful 90% of the time. If it is not effective the first time, you can try again after 3 days. The information is based on research by the World Health Organization. Women who live in a country where they have the possibility to have a safe and legal abortion, should go to a doctor.
Some women attempt to have an abortion by placing sharp or dirty objects into the womb or by punching the belly. This is very dangerous and should never be done because there is a very high risk of wounding the insides of the woman, infection, heavy bleeding and even death.
How does an abortion with Misoprostol work?
Misoprostol for medical abortion works best in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. After that, there is an increased risk of a complication and need for medical attention. Misoprostol causes contractions of the womb. As a consequence, the womb expels the pregnancy. A woman can get painful cramps, vaginal blood loss that is more than a normal menstruation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. There is a risk of heavy bleeding for which a woman will have to be treated by a doctor.
The chance that an abortion with Misoprostol will be successful is 90%.
The experience and risks of an abortion caused by Misoprostol are similar to those of a spontaneous miscarriage.
Miscarriage happens spontaneously in 15-20% of all pregnancies.
The treatment of complications is the same as those of a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage). If there is a problem, a woman can always go to the hospital or any doctor. The doctor will treat her as if she had a spontaneous miscarriage. There is no way the doctor will know that the woman took medicines.
Misoprostol should not be used after 12 or more weeks of pregnancy
2.Abortion care is available free through the NHS, or through other clinics and hospitals for a fee (the cost will vary).
- You can go to your general practice, local contraception or sexual health clinic or young people’s service. They can refer you for an abortion through the NHS (to find your nearest service see How to get help with your sexual health).
- It can be very difficult to get referred for an abortion in Northern Ireland. Women in Northern Ireland can contact the FPA pregnancy choices counselling service on 0345 122 8687. They will be able to advise you about getting a private abortion in England if that is what you decide to do.
- You can contact fee-charging abortion providers directly – you do not have to be referred by a doctor.
Some things you might want to know about abortion
- Legal abortion is a safe procedure in the UK.
- Abortion is free if you are referred through the NHS.
- A woman can experience many different feelings after an abortion. Some women feel sad and upset immediately after an abortion but the vast majority do not experience long-term psychological problems.
- Having an abortion will not affect your chances of having a baby in the future if there are no problems with the abortion, such as injury to the uterus (womb) or cervix, or serious infection. These problems are not common. There is some evidence that if you have had an abortion there may be a small increased risk of premature birth if you get pregnant again.
- Research shows that having an abortion does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer