If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be considering an abortion. Because there are many different types of procedures and risks associated with each, it’s important to discuss your options and receive the most up-to-date information about the procedures. Our supportive medical team can answer questions in a non-judgmental and caring manner.
what do i need to know about abortion?
Abortion is a medical procedure. There are several different types of abortions. Abortion procedures include the abortion pill (Plan B or RU 486), and surgical abortions, which are more invasive. Abortion procedures can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000, depending on the type of procedure and if there are any complications that require further surgeries or medical treatment. If you are considering an abortion, we have information on the types of procedures and how they will affect your body. Our medical team can answer any questions you have.
What Should I Do First?
If you think you might be pregnant, we are your best first step! We can provide you with an on-site pregnancy test at no cost to you to confirm your pregnancy. Then, an ultrasound will determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable. If you are pregnant, our staff can help you understand the facts associated with each abortion procedure.
what are the different types of abortion?
Plan B, often called the “Morning after Pill”, is a type of emergency birth control designed to prevent pregnancy. It is to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex (up to 120 hours later,) varying slightly depending on what brand is purchased. It will not end a pregnancy that has implanted but works primarily by delaying or preventing an egg from being released or implanting in the uterus. The morning after pill can fail even with correct use and it offers no protection against STIs. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, and vomiting.
RU 486 is a chemical abortion procedure that involves a series of two pills that are taken with the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The first pill ingested will cut off the flow of Progesterone, a pregnancy hormone that stabilizes the pregnancy. The second medication induces labor-like contractions to empty the uterus. Strong cramping, excessive bleeding, nausea and vomiting are possible. It is possible that after these two pills, women will still need a surgical procedure to effectively complete the termination.
The most common surgical abortion procedure is the Manual or Vacuum Aspiration procedure. This procedure involves using either a syringe or vacuum to suck the pregnancy out of your body. As with any other surgery, you should expect to feel some side effects including cramping, nausea, sweating and faintness.
The Dilation and Evacuation procedure combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, you are given a sedative and an injection in your cervix, while forceps are used to remove larger sections of the pregnancy. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus, while suctioning any remnants out of your body.
What Are the risks?
Just like any surgery or medical procedure, there are health risks associated with abortion. Some risks may include heavy bleeding, infection, damage to cervix, damage to the uterus, damage to other internal organs, sepsis, fertility loss and death. If you still have questions, our medical team can give you the complete information on the risks of these procedures.