Abortion

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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Chemical Abortion

Also Known As - "The Abortion Pill"

When:

Up to 10 weeks LMP

How:

Day 1 : Swallow Mifepristone pills to cut off the blood supply and nutrition to the baby causing it to die.

Day 2-3 : Take Misoprostol to cause contractions and

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.

Side Effects:

Abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, severe cramping, headaches, fever, chills, diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding.

*Risks: visualizing the expelled baby, incomplete abortion, hemorrhage, infection, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy.

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Vacuum Aspiration

When:

Up to 14 weeks​ LMP

How:

- 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 manual vacuum 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.

Risks:

Bleeding, infection, allergic reaction to medications used, organ damage,

incomplete abortion, and other serious physical complications, although rare. 

Dilation and Evacuation

When:

Later term between 15 - 24 weeks

(baby can survive outside of the womb) 

How:

- The cervix is dilated by laminaria (seaweed), medication (Mifepristone

and/or Misoprostol), and/or metal dilating rods or other surgical tools. 

-A local anesthetic is injected into the cervix.

- IV sedation is administered.

- The baby is often too big to fit through the dilated cervix so the baby's

bones and skull are crushed by forceps and removed from the uterus.

- The removed baby is examined and pieced back together to

ensure all body parts are accounted for.

Risks: 

Bleeding/hemorrhage, infection, allergic reaction to medications

used, organ damage, incomplete abortion, tear of cervix or

uterus, and maternal death.