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If you think you might be pregnant and are trying to make a pregnancy decision, there are many choices facing you. It can be overwhelming. You might be considering options such as abortion that you have not previously thought about. At our center, we are here to help you weigh those options and offer you the support you might need. There are some important things to think about if you are considering abortion and we are here to help you regardless of your situation.
Before having an abortion, it is important to have your pregnancy confirmed. There are many reasons that you could have missed your period or that you are experiencing other symptoms of pregnancy. Taking a pregnancy test is a good first step. Visit us at our center or contact us at your convenience and you will be able to schedule an appointment. During your appointment, we will perform a pregnancy test for you, help you with any questions you might have, and support you as you move forward.
If you have had a positive pregnancy test, it is important to have an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and give you important information you need before you make a pregnancy decision. An ultrasound will provide information such as, if your pregnancy is viable (a living baby with heartbeat), the gestational age of your pregnancy, and if the pregnancy is growing inside your uterus. All of this information affects the choices available to you.
Contact us today. We would be glad to talk with you about your options and schedule your ultrasound. Everything at our center is confidential so your privacy will never be compromised.
The Abortion Pill, Medication Abortion, RU-486,, Medical Abortion, Chemical Abortion
The abortion pill goes by many names, including medication abortion, early medical abortion, RU-486, Mifeprex (Mifepristone) and Misoprostol. Women who had their last period within the past 11 weeks (77 days) may choose to terminate a pregnancy through chemical abortion. When used beyond the first trimester, laminaria (small rods) may be used to dilate the cervix.
Note: Mifepristone is approved by the FDA for use up to 10 weeks after your last menstrual period, but abortion providers may choose to offer the procedure later than that. Misoprostol has not been approved for use in pregnancy.
A chemical abortion, often referred to as the abortion pill, typically requires taking two drugs; the most common drugs used are mifepristone and misoprostol. Mifepristone lowers progesterone to unsafe levels in pregnancy. Progesterone is a hormone that plays an important role in sustaining a pregnancy and in a baby's development. In a chemical abortion, mifepristone is followed by misoprostol, which brings on labor-like symptoms such as severe cramping and bleeding. When and how these medications are administered may vary based on the laws in your area, and the procedures of the clinic you choose. Women who choose chemical abortion are sometimes responsible for self-managing some (or all) of the procedure, so it’s important to gather as much information as possible as you make a decision about your pregnancy.
In order to make sure you’re safe, here are a few things you can do ahead of time:
If you’re not sure whether you are pregnant, we offer free pregnancy testing.
Not sure where to get an ultrasound? Call us today. We can help.
Our center can offer education about abortion.
Whenever you need us, we can help.
If you have recently taken the abortion pill, it may be possible to undo the effects of abortion drugs. Learn more here.
Surgical Abortion (Aspiration Abortion, Dilation & Evacuation Abortion)
This is a surgical procedure to remove the fetus from the uterus through the vagina. The procedure is typically done using suction or an instrument called a curet. Different processes are used depending on the gestational age of your pregnancy. If you are unsure how far along you are, contact us for a free ultrasound to confirm your dates.
The type of surgical abortion you have will depend on how far along you are. Suction abortion (also called vacuum aspiration) is the most common Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another kind of in-clinic abortion procedure often used for pregnancies beyond 16 weeks.
Here are some steps to a typically surgical abortion:
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3. Learn about the procedure. Ask the abortion provider what procedure will be used for your abortion. You can ask as many questions as needed to understand the process.
Our center can offer education about abortion. Please contact us today for an appointment.
If you are thinking about your pregnancy decision, you are not alone. There are many options available to you. At our center we are here to talk with you about any choices you would like to discuss including abortion, adoption, or parenting. As with any medical procedure, it is important to understand what the abortion entails, side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives. If you are ready to talk to someone about your situation, contact us and we can provide you with confidential help.
 Medical Abortion. Mayo Clinic Website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687. Published May 14, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
 Questions and Answers on Mifeprex. FDA Website: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifeprex Last Modified April 13, 2021. Retrieved December 13, 2021
 Abortion (Termination of Pregnancy). Harvard University Website: https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tw1078 Published January 2019. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
Dilation and curettage. Mayo Clinic Website: https://www.mottchildren.org/health-library/tw2462 Last Modified October 8, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
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 Dilation and evacuation at ≥20 weeks: comparison of operative techniques Website: https://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(03)02176-8/fulltext Retrieved December 13, 2021.
We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients, but are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.