Abortion Methods

If you are thinking about abortion, please contact us before you make a final choice. We are here to help you sort out 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. As with any medical procedure there are many risks involved. Click here to learn of the abortion risks.


RU - 486, Mifepristone: (Abortion Pill)

Within 4 to 7 weeks after Last Menstrual Period

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. RU-486 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.

Manual Vacuum Aspiration 

Up to 7 weeks after Last Menstrual Period

This surgical abortion is done early in the pregnancy up until seven weeks after the woman's last menstrual period. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus. A large syringe is attached to the tube and the embryo is suctioned out. 

Suction Curettage

Between 6 to 14 weeks after Last Menstrual Period

This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch the 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 baby's body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the baby and fetal parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the baby and fetal parts as the "products of conception").

Abortion is not a simple procedure; it may have many side effects. Abortion has been associated with preterm birth, emotional and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences. Please contact our center so that you can make an informed decision.

Our center offers accurate information about all pregnancy options, however, our center does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals.


 

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