If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort through all of your questions and concerns. There is a lot to educate yourself on before you make a decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
Methods of Abortion
RU486, Mifepristone: (Abortion Pill) – Within 4 to 7 weeks after LMP
This drug is only approved for use in women up to the 49th day after their last menstrual period. The procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the embryo. The last visit is a follow up ultrasound to determine if the procedure has been completed.
RU486 will not work in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. This is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the embryo lodges outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. If not diagnosed early, the tube may burst, causing internal bleeding and in some cases, the death of the woman.
Suction Curettage: between 6 to 14 weeks after LMP
This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus, and then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus.
Abortion is not just a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Some side effects may occur with induced abortion. Usual side effects include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In 1 out of 100 early abortions more serious complications may include: Heavy bleeding, Infection, Incomplete abortion, Allergic reaction to drugs, Tearing of the cervix, Scarring of the utering lining, Perforation of the uterus, and Damage to internal organs. Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Several factors that impact the likelihood of Post Abortion Stress include: the woman’s age, the abortion circumstances, the stage of pregnancy at which the abortion occurs, and the woman’s religious beliefs. What ever your present beliefs may be, there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered. Having an abortion may affect more than just your body and your mind.
Please contact our center so that you can make an informed decision. Our center offers peer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however we do not offer or refer for abortion services.