An Overview Of Menstrual Extraction
What Is ME?
Menstrual Extraction (ME) is a Self Help health care method where a Del Em is used to suction out your menstruation or early pregnancy with the simple syringe and cannula system.
Origins In The United States
Menstrual extraction evolved out of feminist's work to make abortion safe and legal, the 1973 Supreme Court decision changed the group's primary interests to research of the method. They did not expect that all women would use menstrual extraction as a backup when birth control failed. They were aware, however, that one or two menstrual extractions a year carry far less health risks than either an IUD or the Pill.
Menstrual extraction and early termination abortion are similar technically, but menstrual extraction is not performed in a medical setting. When done by an experienced group, it can be used simply as a home-care procedure by women wishing to gain knowledge about their bodies and menstrual cycles and to exert more direct control over their reproductive lives.
Although prior discussion with your doctor as to your intention in using menstrual extraction is not necessary, having a physician available to you, should any medical questions come up, would further increase the safety of the procedure.
Menstrual extraction can be done in a woman's home or a self-help group's meeting place and the woman having her flow extracted controls all aspects of the procedure. Women generally learn the technique by participating in Self Help groups with more experienced women, first observing and then having their own menstrual extractions. Although the rudimentary aspects of the procedure can be learned in a few weeks, the knowledge and skill necessary to the reasonable safety of the procedure usually develop over a period of several months or even a year. Without this body of knowledge, the isolated woman, who generally has little or no familiarity with her own body, is risking the dangers commonly associated with self-abortion.
Menstrual Extraction Process