Abortion is a serious medical procedure that comes with major risks. If you are considering abortion as a pregnancy decision, get the facts to move forward with clarity. You deserve to know all about each procedure, the risks, and the side effects, and get answers to your abortion questions. Our compassionate team is here to give the most up-to-date medical information and support.

What’s My First Step?

Get a pre-abortion screening today at no cost at First Step Women’s Center. Receive a no-cost pregnancy test, an ultrasound, and STD testing before moving forward in your pregnancy journey. Pre-abortion screening gives you clear information about your pregnancy and alerts you to any complications. Only women up to 10-weeks pregnant are eligible for medication abortion – and this is only confirmed with an ultrasound.

Once you confirm your pregnancy, we can sit down with you to explain your options and what your next steps are.

What Are The Types of Abortion?

The type of abortion procedure available is determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. There are two main types of procedures – medical and surgical.

Medication Abortion

The Abortion Pill (RU-486) – Within 10 weeks after Last Menstrual Period (LMP)

RU-486, commonly referred to as the abortion pill, consists of two pills, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, that work together to end a pregnancy.

The first pill blocks progesterone from the uterine lining, causing the fetus to die. The second medication will cause contractions to expel the fetus. This may occur within a few hours or up to two weeks.

You should have a follow-up physical exam two weeks later to ensure the procedure was successful and that there are no immediate complications.

Possible Risks & Side Effects:

  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Infection

Surgical Abortion

There are three types of surgical abortion procedures – Suction Aspiration, Dilation & Curettage (D&C), and Dilation and Evacuation (D&E). Each of these procedures must be completed in a medical facility.

Suction Aspiration – (6-12 weeks after LMP)

After the cervix has been injected with a local anesthetic and widened by cone-shaped rods, a long plastic tube connected to a suction device is inserted into the uterus to suction out the fetus and placenta.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C) – (Within 12-21 weeks after LMP)

This procedure is similar to suction aspiration, except that it uses a long, looped shaped knife that scrapes the lining, placenta, and fetus away from the uterus. An instrument may then be inserted for final suctioning.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) – (Within 15-21 weeks LMP)

The D&E combines suction aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, a sedative is given, along with an injection into the cervix, while forceps are used to remove larger sections of the fetus. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus while suctioning any remnants out of your body.

Possible Risks & Side Effects:

  • Cramping, sweating, or feeling faint
  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to cervix or uterus
  • Infection
  • Infertility
  • Psychological issues such as eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse

Talk to us at First Step Women’s Center to get the help you need to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Schedule a no-cost appointment today.

Contact us today for a confidential appointment.

First Step Women’s Center does not perform or provide referrals for abortion, nor do abortion facilities require a referral from us. You will be free to choose the clinic that best suits your situation based on the information you receive from us.