Positive home pregnancy test? Pregnancy wasn’t part of the plan right now or ever? Considering abortion? Countless thoughts running through your mind? Pause… Now breathe… You do not have to face this alone. Abortion can feel like a logical solution to an immediate pain. Knowing all the facts before making a final decision is always in your best interest and we are here to walk beside you, help you learn all the facts, so that you can be fully informed. There are different types of abortion procedures based on your current stage of pregnancy. To confirm your pregnancy and viability of it, schedule an appointment with us at Hope Clinic. Our trained staff and volunteers are here to listen and discuss your options as you making this important decision. Find out what to expect at a visit with us by clicking here.
We Do Not Perform or Refer for Abortions
It is important to confirm your pregnancy and know how far along you are in order to understand what you may be facing. The procedure type that you will have depends on how far along you in your pregnancy. A limited OB Ultrasound can help confirm your pregnancy. Set up an appointment with our trained volunteers today.
Abortion Pill also known as RU-486 (Medical Abortion): Up to 70 days after first day of last period.
- Medical Abortion consist of taking two different types of medication. Mifepristone and misoprostol are used together to end an early pregnancy.
- First you will be given Mifepristone. This drug blocks the hormone progesterone, this hormone helps to sustain the pregnancy and when blocked the pregnancy cannot be sustained.
- Second you will be given Misoprostol 24-48 hours after the mifepristone. This drug will cause the uterus to contract and expel the pregnancy. Usually you are at home during the time of heavy bleeding and cramping.
- A follow-up should be scheduled 7 – 14 days after taking Mifepristone.
- The FDA warns against buying Mifepristone from the internet to protect your health.
First Trimester Surgical Abortion: 6 -14 weeks after first day of last period
You may be given sedation or pain medications prior to the surgery. For the surgery you will be positioned on your back and feet in stirrups, like a pelvic exam. A speculum will be used to hold your vagina open. Local atheistic is used to numb your cervix. The cervix will then be dilated and the cannula is used to suction the pregnancy from the uterus. This can be done manually or electrically (with a machine). This surgery is referred to as an Aspiration abortion. If it is necessary a curette is used to scrape the inside of the uterus to remove any remaining fetal tissue. Then the surgery is referred to as a dilation and curettage (D &C)
Second Trimester Surgical Abortion: 14-24 weeks after first day of last period
Referred to as a Dilation and Evacuation (D & E). The process for this procedure can last for 2 days to properly dilate the cervix. This is due to increase size of the fetus. During the surgery you will be positioned and started as described during the first trimester abortion found above. After the cervix is dilated properly a tenaculum is used to hold the cervix open. Sometimes a shot is given through the abdomen into the amniotic sac to ensure that the fetal heart has stopped. Suction is used to remove the pregnancy. If necessary forceps are used to remove the fetus in smaller pieces before the suctioning process. The curette may also be used as described in the D & C process stated above.
Late Term Abortion: 24 weeks or more after first day of last period
The process for late term abortion could take up to 3 days. This is because of the increase of fetal size and time it takes to properly dilate the cervix. A shot is given through the abdomen into the amniotic sac to ensure the fetus’ heart has stopped. Medication is given to contract the uterus and expel the fetus. All the steps described above during the second trimester are used when necessary to remove any remaining fetal tissue.
Some of the common side effects for medical and surgical abortions include:
Risk increase with each added week of pregnancy.
There are different types of abortion procedures based on your current stage of pregnancy. To confirm your pregnancy and viability of it, schedule an appointment.