Menstrual Extraction

Menstrual extraction is a simple suction technique used to remove the menstrual blood from the uterus on the first day of menstruation. It can remove a fertilized egg from the uterus.

It is technically similar to an early termination abortion, but is not practiced by doctors and nurses but an experienced group of women.

The procedure is very safe, when done correctly by a group with experience. Due to the early timing the cervix does not need to be dilated. The contents of the uterus are gently sucked out, there is no cutting or scraping of the uterine wall necessary. The contents consist of mostly blood, chorionic villi and some tissue.

The whole process could take an hour, or up to 3 hours. For every woman it is different. For some women it is mildly uncomfortable, and other women experience more severe cramping, nausea, or dizziness, the experience is different for each woman.

Menstrual extractions can be done safely up to 8-9 weeks from the last menstrual period. The sooner it is done the less intense it is physically, it can be done when menstruation is due, up until 8-9 weeks from the last menstrual period. The risk of incomplete extraction can occur thus increasing the risk for possible hemorrhage or infection.

Unfortunately finding a menstrual extraction is difficult. It is an underground technique, barely legal in some states, falling into grey areas in others. Women who know how to do them don’t advertise. Working only by word of mouth, basically you have to know someone, or be very lucky. Menstrual extraction was taught during the 70’s by women in the feminist movement. Good places to start looking are feminist health centers, and lay-midwives.

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