safe2choose expands services to include information and counseling on surgical abortion, specifically on Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Electrical Vacuum Aspiration (EVA) abortions

safe2choose is about safe choices, but it’s also about the most appropriate safe method that fits each woman’s individual needs and wishes. This means being able to offer its global users a wide range of safe options for their abortions. Some might prefer using the medical abortion pills in the intimacy of their home, while others will prefer meeting a trusted provider face-to-face for a shorter procedure. It is up to the women to decide what they want and safe2choose will support their choice. 

Introducing manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) and electrical vacuum aspiration (EVA) information on our website also involves creating new counseling protocols to better guide women seeking these procedures. In the case of surgical abortions, our trained counseling team prepares women for in-clinic MVA and EVA procedures by pre-screening them, providing them with a step-by-step breakdown of the procedure, referring them to verified pro-choice providers close their location and answering any follow-up questions they may have after the procedure. In addition, safe2choose remains in constant communication with its network of global providers to ensure a high quality of care and service provision. 

‘‘We strive to provide personalized solutions and resources for all our users and the introduction of vacuum aspiration information is critical towards increasing safe abortion information and referrals for all women, everywhere”, said safe2choose Manager, Pauline. 

“Our counselors have undergone specific training on manual and electrical vacuum aspiration abortions and are fully prepared to counsel women accordingly,” she said. 

To learn more about both MVA and EVA, visit our website today at https://safe2choose.org/manual-vacuum-aspiration-mva-procedure/. To speak to one of our trained, female counselors visit www.safe2choose.org to start a live chat session or email them at info@safe2choose.org.

Since its inception, safe2choose has received close to eight million website visits through the provision of safe abortion information provision, counseling and referrals. With an initial focus on abortion pills, safe2choose realized the need to add information on surgical abortion methods ensuring that women who were not suited for an abortion with pills would still have a secondary safe option via vacuum aspiration abortions. Many providers still continue to offer outdated methods such as Dilation and Curettage (D&C). With the addition of comprehensive and reliable MVA and EVA information, safe2choose hopes to educate women about these options, ensuring they are better informed to discuss them with their provider and incentivize them to switch to these safer surgical procedures.

(Source: WHO

Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) and electrical vacuum aspiration (EVA) are two of the safest surgical methods for first and early second-trimester abortions. With a 99% efficacy rate, the 10 minutes procedure offers a lot of advantages [2]. Though there are several differences between having an abortion with pills and a vacuum aspiration abortion procedure such as budget, availability, legislation, medical conditions, and gestational age, it is mainly up to a woman’s personal choice. Women can find a list of differences on our website to better compare and contrast each method. Additional informational pages include types of surgical abortion and a guide to a safe manual vacuum aspiration abortion. A Frequently Asked Questions section on the surgical procedures will be created soon. 

MVA and EVA counseling services are available in several languages including Hindi, Kiswahili, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Wolof, and English. Users can have a one-on-one chat with a counselor through the live chat section of the website or can send an email via info@safe2choose.org and they will receive a prompt response to their query. safe2choose also welcomes users to visit their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok pages to learn more about our work.

About safe2choose 

safe2choose is an online counseling and informational platform that supports women who want to have an abortion, and when needed, refers them to trusted, trained and pro-choice healthcare providers

[1] World Health Organization (WHO). Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems, second edition. 2012. Retrieved from: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/70914/9789241548434_eng.pdf;jsessionid=F77B761669FC579124C1E9CA2CC3CFDB?sequence=1

[2]  Ipas. Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health. 2019. Retrieved from: https://ipas.azureedge.net/files/CURHE19-april-ClinicalUpdatesInReproductiveHealth.pdf

We are staying available to support you with your abortion during COVID-19.

We are closely monitoring the situation of coronavirus globally and will keep updating our information and services.

We advise our readers to:

  1. Read our latest blog post on abortion and COVID-19
  2. Follow WHO safety guidelines on COVID-19
  3. Contact our counselors