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 medical/ chemical and surgical options. The chemical/ medical abortion is called the abortion pill. Surgical abortions, which are more invasive, vary in practice. 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 are here to answer any questions you may have.
what are the different types of abortion?
The abortion pill induces a chemical/ medical abortion. It is taken in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, involving 2 medications. The first medication is Mifeprex, which blocks progesterone and interrupts pregnancy development prompting detachment of the implanted embryo. Secondly, Misoprostol is taken up to 48 hours later, inducing contractions to empty the uterus. Expect strong cramping, bleeding, nausea and vomiting. A final visit to the 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 the Suction Curettage. This procedure is done up to 14 weeks. The cervix is opened with a dilator, and then the physician inserts tubing, connected to a suction machine, into the uterus. The suction pulls the fetus’s body apart and empties the uterus. Between 14 and 16 weeks, 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 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 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 include heavy bleeding, infection, damage to the cervix, damage to the uterus and 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.