If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be considering an abortion. Because there are different types of abortion procedures and risks associated with each, it's important to discuss your options and receive accurate information. Our supportive medical team can answer questions in a non-judgmental and caring manner.
There are several different types of surgical abortions. Vacuum aspiration abortion (also known as suction Dilation & Curettage (D&C) abortion) is typically performed up to 14 weeks in pregnancy. This procedure requires dilation of the cervix and uses a manual or electronic suction machine and a curette to remove the fetus and placenta from the uterus. Local anesthesia is usually given, and sedation may be offered. Abortions later in pregnancy (greater than 14 weeks in pregnancy) are typically performed by Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) abortion or induction abortion. Local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and/or sedation may be given. Dilation and Evacuation abortion requires dilation of the cervix and uses a combination of suction, curettage, and forceps to dismember and remove the fetus and placenta from the uterus. An induction abortion uses a combination of medications and/or an injection to induce fetal demise prior to delivery of an intact fetus.
What Are The Risks?
The risks for all surgical abortion procedures include injury to the woman's uterus and cervix, complications for future pregnancies, incomplete abortion, uncontrollable bleeding, infection, and maternal death.
We understand that your choice regarding your pregnancy is difficult. The choice is yours, and we are here to help you feel completely informed and confident in your decision. Our caring and trained staff and licensed medical professionals are here to help you discuss questions you may have about pregnancy, abortion procedures and risks, adoption, available resources, and more. Call today to schedule your no-cost, confidential appointment.
**East End Pregnancy Center does not perform or refer for abortions and does not distribute birth control.