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Vacuum aspirator apparatus, United Kingdom, 1981

This apparatus was used to create a vacuum in order to perform an induced abortion of a foetus. This technique is known as vacuum aspiration and is used for elective or medical reasons. It is the most common form of abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The process involves the artificial dilation of the cervix, usually by manual techniques or drugs. This allows access to the uterus. A cannula is then inserted into the uterus which is attached, via tubing, to the aspirator. This acts as a suction pump. A vacuum is created once the syringe rod is pulled. The contents of the uterus are then extracted.

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Glossary: pregnancy

The condition of having a developing unborn embryo or foetus in the body. A human pregnancy is usually of 40 weeks gestation.

Glossary: vacuum aspirator apparatus

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Glossary: abortion

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