Abortion is a very controversial issue today. But through education and better understanding of the facts, we can make more informed decisions concerning abortion and pregnancy. If you have questions about abortion, it’s important to talk to someone who is both knowledgeable on the subject, and someone that you can trust. Our supportive, friendly staff can discuss your options with you and answer any questions you have about abortion in a non-judgmental and caring manner.
Since abortion is a medical procedure, it’s important to know what type of health implications and risks will be associated with each different type of procedure. There are several different types of abortions, including the abortion pill (Plan B or RU 486), and surgical abortions, which are more invasive. Abortion procedures can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000. If you are considering an abortion and have questions regarding the types of procedures or how they will affect your body, we can provide you with the resources and information you need.
The first thing you should do is confirm your pregnancy with one of our free pregnancy tests and an ultrasound. If you are indeed pregnant, our friendly, knowledgable staff can help you understand the facts and risks associated with each abortion procedure.
Plan B (AKA the “Morning After Pill”) is a high-dosage birth control pill that women can take 72 hours after intercourse.It ends a pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released, interfering with a woman’s menstrual cycle, or preventing the egg from implanting in the uterus. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, and vomiting.
RU 486 is a series of two pills that are used for an early medical abortion. The first pill will cut off the blood flow to the embryo and the second will induce labor. The second pill will cause severe cramps, bleeding, nausea and vomiting. It is possible that after these two pills, women will still need a surgical abortion to effectively complete the procedure.
The most common surgical abortion procedure is the Manual or Vacuum Aspiration procedure. This procedure involves using either a syringe or vacuum to suck the pregnancy from the uterine wall. Most common symptoms during the procedure include cramping, nausea, sweating and faintness.
The Dilation and Evacuation procedure combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, you are given a sedative and an injection in your cervical area, while forceps are used to removed larger sections of the pregnancy. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus, while suctioning any remnants out of the cavity.
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with having an abortion. Some risks may include heavy bleeding, infection, damage to cervix, damage to the uterus, damage to other internal organs, sepsis (total body infection caused by RU486), fertility loss and death. If you still have questions, please feel free to make an appointment. Our staff will give you the complete information on the health risks of having an abortion.