The type of abortion procedure used to terminate pregnancy is determined by how far along the pregnancy is. That’s why pregnancy confirmation and viability (living) are so important.
Before You Decide
You have the right to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Abortion is not just a simple medical procedure. For many women it is a life-changing event with physical, emotional and psychological consequences. Do not let others pressure you to make this decision right away. Know your facts. We can help. Contact Us
It’s important that you gather all the information you need to make the right decision for your situation:
- Pregnancy Confirmation - Be sure you are really pregnant before you make an appointment for an abortion. Other health factors can give you symptoms of pregnancy; therefore confirming that you are pregnant is vital. Schedule your free lab-quality pregnancy test today.
- Ultrasound - Has your pregnancy been confirmed by an ultrasound? Studies show that up to 30% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. Medical professionals recommend ultrasound to confirm that your pregnancy is viable (living) or at risk for natural miscarriage. Going through the risk and cost of an abortion may be unnecessary if your pregnancy is not viable. At Pregnancy Center North, we give free ultrasounds for pregnancy viability.
- Date Your Pregnancy - Methods of abortion are determined by how many weeks pregnant you are. Make sure you know exactly how far along your pregnancy is by obtaining a free ultrasound at our clinic. Our professional medical staff can determine your date as well as viability.
- Abortion Procedures - Methods, risks, and procedures can be confusing. Our trained staff can answer your questions and explain these procedures to you. Potential physical, psychological and emotional side effects can occur after abortion. It is important to know the facts. We can help. Contact us for an appointment.
- Parental Notification - Some clinics require that parents of women under the age of 18 are notified if you decide to get an abortion. However, no parental notification is necessary at our clinic. Call us today to get free, confidential information and testing.
Abortion Procedures & Risks
It is important to know that 8 out of 100 women will become pregnant after a single act of intercourse in mid-cycle (when ovulation occurs). Taking emergency contraception before knowing whether or not you are truly pregnant puts you at risk for no reason.
- Morning After Pill - (Plan B One-Step) – is one pill taken within 72 hours after sexual intercourse. It is intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure, unprotected or forced sex. It contains large amounts of Levonorgestrel, a hormone found in birth control pills. It may work to prevent the egg and sperm from meeting by delaying ovulation and preventing a newly formed life from implanting.
Side effects may include changes in period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache and dizziness. If your period is more than a week late, you could be pregnant from a previous sexual encounter and Plan B One-Step should not be taken during pregnancy or used as routine birth control. Other, more serious risks may occur. Contact our clinic to find out what your risks are before taking this drug.
- Ella - For use within five days of unprotected sex or contraception failure, Ella’s chemical name is Ulipristal, which is a chemical cousin to the abortion pill Mifeprex. Both share the progesterone blocking effect of disrupting the embryo’s attachment to the womb, causing its death.
With a host of possible adverse reactions, including: headache, nausea, stomach/abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, fatigue and dizziness; it is best to get all the facts before taking this drug. Call us to schedule an appointment.
- Combination Estrogen & Progestin Pills - This method uses birth control pills taken in much higher concentrations than in normal doses. Typical side effects include nausea, vomiting, lower abdominal pain and breast tenderness, as well as the serious risks of blood clots, stroke and heart attack.
1st Trimester Medication Abortion
Mifeprex/Mifepristone/Methotrexate/Misoprostol (RU 486/Abortion Pills)
This drug has been approved by the FDA for use up to 49 days after a woman’s last menstrual period, however, it is commonly used up to 63 days (off label). This procedure usually requires three visits to a clinic, as women are given a series of three pills. Pain, bleeding, infection, undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, failed abortion, risk of fetal abnormalities are some of the risks associated with this procedure.
Abortion Pill Reversal…It May Not be Too Late!
If you or someone you know is having second thoughts about this abortion procedure after taking the pills, call an obstetrician or call us immediately, so we can help you. Abortion pill reversal could be an option for you.
Medication Abortion Failure
It is important to know that the medication abortion can sometimes be incomplete which may require a follow-up surgical procedure. Know your risks!
1st Trimester Surgical Abortions
Suction Abortion (4-13 weeks after last menstrual period [LMP])
For early pregnancies (4-7 weeks), a long thin tube is inserted in the uterus through the vagina, which is attached to a manual suction device, and the embryo is suctioned out. Varying degrees of anesthesia are used.
For later first trimester abortions, the cervix needs to be opened wider because the fetus is larger. This requires softening of the cervix, which is usually done the day before the abortion by inserting thin rods of seaweed in to the cervix, and/or metal rods the day of the procedure. This can be painful so local anesthesia is typically used. Next, the doctor will insert a plastic tube and suction the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus. Other tools are used to scrape any remaining fetal parts out of the uterus.
2nd Trimester Abortions
Dilation & Evacuation (D&E), (13-24 weeks after LMP)
Stretching the cervix and evacuating the uterus in a similar fashion to the early suction abortion is how a D & E is performed. However, because of the size of the fetus, tools like the curette and forceps are used to scrape out the uterus after suctioning the fetus. Keeping track of the body parts to make sure none are left behind and removing tissue, blood clots etc. is important to prevent infection and bleeding. Contact us to find out the side effects and risks of this surgical procedure.
This method uses medicines to induce labor and eventually the delivery of the fetus and placenta. It typically involves 10-24 hours in the hospital’s labor and delivery unit. Many potential complications are possible.
Late Term Abortion (24 weeks and up)
This procedure typically takes 2-3 days and is associated with increased risk and health of the mother. Because live birth is possible, injections are given to cause fetal death. This is to comply with the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003, which requires that the fetus be dead before complete removal from the mother’s body. Many potential risks are possible. Contact us for more information.