Thinking About Abortion?
We are here to answer your questions and can provide you with the answers you
need to make the right decision.
If you are considering an abortion, you should ask yourself these three questions.
Am I really pregnant?
How far along am I?
Do I have a sexually transmitted infection?
You may plan to have an abortion, but you are unsure about what that means for you. We will help you answer questions such as:
What type of procedure will I need?
What are the risks?
Will I have to miss work?
Are there any risks to consider?
How will my baby’s father feel about my pregnancy?
Your Pregnancy. Your Decision.
If you’re considering an abortion, there is a lot you need to know. Just like any other medical procedure or surgery you might have, you have a right to be informed about the risks, methods, and after-care options available to you. There are several types of abortion procedures. The gestational age of your baby will determine which procedure is available, and each comes with different risks.
Medical Abortion (RU 486) Within 4 to 7 weeks Gestation: Mifepristone (Abortion Pill)
The protocol approved by the Food and Drug Administration allows this type of abortion up to 49 days after the last menstrual period. Only a physician can perform a medical abortion. A medical abortion can only be used in early pregnancy, usually up to seven weeks, but sometimes up to nine weeks from your last menstrual period. The gestational age must be determined before getting any of these medicines.
Mifepristone (RU 486) and methotrexate are two of the medicines used for a medical abortion. Mifepristone is given to a woman by mouth, or vaginally. Methotrexate is usually given by injection, but may also be given my mouth. Methotrexate can cause serious birth defects if your pregnancy doesn’t end. After receiving mifepristone or methotrexate, you may bleed and pass clots, tissue, and the unborn child within hours to days. The bleeding can last up to three weeks or more. Your doctor will tell you when you need to return to be checked.
Dilation and Curettage (D & C) Within 4-12 Weeks Gestation: Manual Vacuum Aspiration
This is a surgical procedure generally used in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy. The doctor first opens (dilates) the cervix and then empties the uterus with suction. After suctioning, the doctor may scrape the walls of the uterus to make sure the unborn child, placenta, and contents of the uterus have been completely removed.
Dilation & Evacuation (D & E) Within 13-20 Weeks Gestation:
This procedure is generally used after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The doctor will often use ultrasound to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy. To prepare for the procedure, the doctor will open (dilate) the cervix. Most women experience some pain, so the doctor may give you a painkiller – either locally by shots in the area of the cervix or by a general anesthetic – or a sedative (which will leave you conscious). The uterus will be scraped and the unborn child and placenta removed. After 16 weeks, the unborn child and placenta are removed, piece-by-piece, using forceps or other instruments.