ABORTION

Our Medical staff is fully trained and will be more than happy to assist you and confidentially answer your questions about the following abortion procedures.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide if abortion is the right choice for you:

  • Have I researched all my options?
  • Is my pregnancy viable?  As many as 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage.
  • Do I understand the potential risks involved with abortion?
  • Have I discussed my situation with someone I can trust?
  • Have I had an ultrasound to determine how far along I am?
  • Do I fully understand the type of abortion procedure I would need?
  • Does the abortion physician performing my procedure have admitting privileges to a local hospital?

Early Abortion

RU486, Mifepristone, Abortion Pill (4 to 7 weeks):

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 begin the abortion process. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which usually causes cramps to end the pregnancy. The last visit is a follow up ultrasound to determine if the abortion 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. Due to this complication it is medically advised that an ultrasound is performed prior to the use of RU486 to ensure it is not an ectopic pregnancy.

Vacuum Aspiration (up to 7 weeks): This is a surgical abortion procedure.

Suction Curettage (6 to 14 weeks):

This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. This procedure can be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed.

Methotrexate or “M&M” (5 to 9 weeks): Methotrexate is normally used for treatment of cancers, arthritis, and certain dermatological conditions. It is not approved for abortions by the FDA, although it is sometimes used for this purpose. This drug is given by injection; it interferes with the growth process of rapidly dividing cells. Like RU-486, it is followed by misoprostol (hence the “M&M” nickname) to expel the fetus. This method fails at least 4% of the time. Methotrexate can potentially cause serious side effects, including severe anemia, ulcers and bone marrow depression.

Late Abortion

D&E (13 to 20+ weeks): In this late term abortion the cervix is dilated, either mechanically or with laminaria. Possible complications include infection, cervical laceration and uterine perforation.

D&X (20 to 32+ weeks): The procedure is also called Intact D & X, Intrauterine Cranial Decompression, and Partial Birth Abortion. Possible complications include damage to uterine lining or cervix, perforation of the uterus, infection, and blood clots.