There are many factors to consider when you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and the option of abortion. Your partner, friends, family, career, timing, and finances can play a role in the decision you will make. It is important to have your pregnancy confirmed by ultrasound before proceeding with any of your options, especially abortion.
It is helpful to know the risks and side effects going into the decision. This choice should be made with accurate and full information. Are you considering abortion?
Check out the video below and the information about the different types of abortion, or call our office to talk with one of our staff members. We are here to help you learn and to support you though your decision making process and after.
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The Abortion Pill
Early pregnancy up to 10 weeks LMP
Day 1 : Swallow Mifepristone pills to cause the death of the baby
Day 2-3 : Take Mifeprex to cause cramping to expel the baby
from the uterus
Day 7-14 : Follow up with a doctor to ensure the abortion is complete and there are no parts of the baby remaining in the uterus
Abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, severe cramping, headaches, fever, chills, diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding.
After 10 weeks up to 14 weeks LMP
- The cervix is softened using laminaria or medication
the day or a few days before.
- A local anesthetic is injected into the cervix.
- The cervix is stretched open using metal
dilating rods or other surgical tools.
- A plastic tube is inserted in the uterus and connected to
an electric or manualvacuum device that pulls the baby's body
apart and out of their mother.
- A curette may also be used to scrape any remaining fetal
parts out of the uterus.
- The removed baby is examined and pieced back together
to ensure all parts are accounted for.
Bleeding, infection, allergic reaction to medications used, organ damage,
incomplete abortion, and other serious physical complications, although rare.
Dilation and Curettage
Later term between 15 - 24 weeks
(baby can survive outside of the womb)
- A local anesthetic is injected into the cervix before it is stretched open using metal dilating rods or other surgical tools.
- Digoxin and potasium chloride are injected into the amniotic fluid, umbilical cord, or into the baby's heart to cause death.
- The baby is often too big to fit through the dilated uterus so the bones and skull are crushed so they can be removed easier.
- The removed baby is examined and pieced back together to ensure all parts are accounted for
Bleeding, infection, allergic reaction to medications used,
organ damage, incomplete abortion, tear of cervix or uterus,
infertility or complications for future pregnancies,
and other serious physical injuries including death, although rare.