Abortion Options

We offer two abortion options:

1) Aspiration Abortion

Available up to 14 weeks from the last period

Aspiration abortion, also known as surgical abortion, is offered between 5-14 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. It is completed in a single visit. Although the entire visit may take several hours, the procedure itself is brief, usually lasting five to ten minutes. Medication is given before the procedure to ease the discomfort which feels like strong period cramps and to help with relaxation. A local anesthetic is also used. Bleeding and cramping after the abortion procedure is light to medium. Some women have no bleeding or cramping afterwards; this is also normal.

What happens during the abortion visit?

  • We review your pregnancy options and confirm that you have decided to end the pregnancy.
  • Your medical history is reviewed, the procedure is explained, and your informed consent is obtained.
  • Your Rh blood type is determined and medications are given to ease cramps and help with relaxation.
  • A dating ultrasound and pelvic exam are done.
  • A numbing medication is used in the cervix.
  • With gentle dilation, the cervix is opened slightly. There is no cutting, scarring or stitches.
  • A straw-like tube is inserted and the uterus is emptied using gentle suction. There are no sharp instruments used inside the uterus.
  • After the abortion you’ll go to the recovery room, where we’ll review the aftercare instructions with you.
  • When you leave you’ll have aftercare instructions and a prescription or plan for the birth control method of your choice.
  • We are available 24 hours a day after your abortion for any questions or concerns which may arise.

2) Medication Abortion

Medication abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is offered between 5-10 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. It requires at least two visits to the clinic. This method uses a combination of two medications. Mifepristone, which ends the pregnancy, is taken at the first visit. Misoprostol is used at home to expel the pregnancy. With medication abortion the bleeding and cramping can be quite heavy for several hours. You must return to the clinic the following week to be sure the medications worked and that you are no longer pregnant.

What happens during the medication abortion visit?

  • We review your pregnancy options and confirm that you have decided to end the pregnancy.
  • Your medical history is reviewed, the procedure is explained, and your informed consent is obtained.
  • Your Rh blood type is determined and a dating ultrasound is done.
  • You will take the mifepristone by mouth, which ends the pregnancy by blocking the pregnancy hormones.
  • You will take the misoprostol tablets home to use at a later time, causing the uterus to contract and empty. You are also given a prescription for pain medication as the cramping can be intense for several hours.
  • We are available 24 hours a day after you’ve started the medication abortion for any questions or concerns which arise.
  • You must return to the clinic for a follow-up visit to be sure the medications worked and that you are no longer pregnant. There is a 3%-5% chance that you will need an aspiration procedure to complete the abortion.
  • Before you leave, you will have a prescription or plan for the birth control method of your choice.
  • You may have light bleeding and cramping off and on for several weeks after a medication abortion.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 207-626-3243.