If you're considering abortion, learn about the procedures, side effects, and potential risks first.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be considering an abortion.
Because there are different types of procedures and risks associated with each, it’s important to discuss your options and receive the most up-to-date information.
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 serious medical procedure. There are two options: medical/chemical and surgical abortions.
These 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 specific to your pregnancy and how they may affect your body.
Our licensed medical staff is here to answer any questions you have.
What Are The Different Types Of Abortion?
The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill induces a chemical/medical abortion. It is taken in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and involves two medications.
The first medication is Mifeprex (mifepristone), which blocks progesterone and interrupts pregnancy development prompting detachment of the implanted embryo.
Next, misoprostol is taken up to 48 hours later, inducing contractions to empty the uterus. Expect strong cramping, bleeding, nausea, and possibly vomiting.
A final visit to the abortion clinic is necessary to ensure the abortion has been completed (8% to 10% of women will require a surgical abortion to complete the process).
The most common surgical abortion procedure is Vacuum Aspiration. This procedure can be done up to 14 weeks.
The cervix (the opening to the uterus) is dilated (opened), and the physician inserts tubing into the uterus, connected to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus’s body apart and empties the uterus.
Between 14 and 16 weeks and 6 days, when the fetus is larger, the cervix must be softened by giving either oral or vaginal misoprostol so that dilation is easier.
The Dilation and Evacuation (D & E) procedure is not legal in the state of Nebraska.
In this procedure, the cervix is softened by giving either oral or vaginal misoprostol, so the cervix can be opened wider than in a first-trimester abortion, allowing the doctor to pull out the fetal parts by a combination of suction, curette, or forceps. The skull is crushed to ease removal.
What Are The Risks?
Just like any other surgical or medical procedure, there are health risks associated with abortion. Some risks of the abortion pill include incomplete abortion, heavy bleeding, and infection.
A surgical abortion can lead to damage to the cervix, uterus, and other internal organs.
Extreme risks include sepsis, fertility loss, and death.
If you still have questions, our medical team can give you factual information on the risks of these procedures.
To learn more about your options, schedule your no-cost appointment today!