There are several things you need to know about your pregnancy before you can choose abortion. First, you need to begin with a confidential pregnancy test. After a positive pregnancy test, you need to schedule a confidential ultrasound to get all of the information you need to decide. At the Pregnancy Resource Center, we offer both at no cost to you.
There are two main types of abortion, medical and surgical. Which method you qualify for will be determined by how far along you are in your pregnancy. Abortion is a serious medical procedure. Make sure you have all the information you need before choosing abortion.
This type of abortion is also known as RU-486, the abortion pill, medication abortion, or chemical abortion. Although the names are different, the medication is the same. The abortion pill is not the same as emergency contraception (i.e., Morning After Pill, Plan B, ella). Medical abortion is a procedure that uses particular medications to end a known pregnancy.
Before a medical abortion, it is essential to meet with your doctor. To ensure you are pregnant and confirm you are within the gestational period through ultrasound, you should first get a physical examination.
The abortion pill method is a three-step process. First, you will take mifepristone, a powerful drug designed to thin the lining of your uterus. By thinning the lining, you will cause the death of the fetus, thus ending your pregnancy.
Note: Some women change their minds and decide they do not want to continue the medication abortion at this point. Contact us, and we will connect you with a network of caring medical professionals who can help reverse this medication’s effects in some cases.
Next, you take misoprostol. This drug causes severe cramping to expel the fetus from your body. Women may experience nausea, weakness, fever/chills, vomiting, headaches and dizziness, diarrhea, and severe bleeding. Finally, follow up with your doctor to ensure all the contents of your uterus have been expelled. If not, you may be required to have a surgical abortion.
There are a few different types of surgical procedures, depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Once again, an ultrasound is necessary to pinpoint a precise date of conception.
Different Surgical Procedures
This method is usually performed within the first trimester of pregnancy (twelve to thirteen weeks). The abortion provider begins using anesthesia to numb the cervix. Afterward, the cervix needs to be opened based on the size of the fetus. The cervix is dilated by inserting thicker and thicker dilation rods or using laminaria, a type of seaweed. When the cervix is opened wide enough, the abortion provider suctions out the contents of the uterus. To ensure the procedure is complete and nothing is left in the uterus, some providers use a sharp curettage followed by final suctioning.
Dilation & Evacuation (D & E)
This method is performed in the second trimester (roughly thirteen to twenty weeks). Because the pregnancy is further along, the cervix will need to be opened wider. Once again, the abortion provider will use a series of dilation rods that may take several hours or overnight to dilate the cervix to the proper size opening. With a D & E, both suction and forceps are used to pull the fetus apart and out. After the fetus and the contents in the uterus have been evacuated, the abortion provider will check to make sure nothing internally has been punctured, and the fetus and pregnancy matter has been completely removed.
You Are Not Alone
It is important to us that you do not feel alone making a decision about your unplanned pregnancy. As with any medical procedure, it’s essential to understand what abortion entails, side effects, possible risks, and complications. We also want you to be aware of options other than abortion. If you would like to talk with someone about your situation, call us. We can provide confidential information and advice to help you.