Abortion is a medical procedure, so it’s important to be fully informed about the process before making a decision since you have a few different options. Our staff can provide the information you need in our safe, private offices and talk through any concerns or questions you may have.
What do I need to know about abortion?
There are two different types of abortion procedures available depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Medical abortions involve taking a pill to terminate the pregnancy, and surgical abortions happen at a clinic to surgically terminate and remove the pregnancy. Each one carries its own risks so it’s important for you to be fully informed on both options!
What should I do first?
Before making a decision, you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy because the at-home pregnancy tests can sometimes be wrong. We can provide a pregnancy test and ultrasound at no charge to confirm the pregnancy and determine how far along you are.
What are the different types of abortion?
Plan B is an emergency contraception product that can help prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of having sex. It utilizes the same active ingredient found in most birth control pills, just at a higher dosage, and works by delaying ovulation. It may also prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in your womb.
RU-486, more commonly known as the abortion pill, is typically a series of two pills either taken in the abortion clinic or at home, depending on your abortion provider. The first pill is usually taken at the clinic and it terminates the pregnancy. The second pill is usually taken at home and causes contractions that shed the pregnancy through the vaginal canal. This procedure can cause heavy bleeding, cramping, and nausea.
Surgical abortion usually happens if your pregnancy is more than 10 weeks along and is a more invasive procedure. It happens at the abortion clinic and utilizes forceps and suction devices to manually extract the pregnancy from your womb. The abortion provider will first dilate your cervix, and then use the tools to remove the pregnancy. A general or local anesthetic may be available, depending on your provider.
What are the risks?
Because abortion is a medical procedure, it carries many risks like other medical and surgical procedures. It’s important to be aware of those risks so you can make a fully-informed decision. If you experience heavy bleeding, cramping, nausea, extreme depression, or other side effects after the abortion, please contact your doctor immediately.
If you are considering an abortion for your unplanned pregnancy and want to discuss your options with someone, please make an appointment to meet with one of our staff members. We’re here for you!